Former President Goodluck Jonathan has again been drawn into allegations against Governor Olusegun Mimiko by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This time, the ex-president is accused of approving a huge sum drawn from the federal purse to the governor for him to prosecute his second term election in the state.
The APC in Ondo state has put the sum at N15 billion spent by Governor Mimiko for his re-election in 2012.
Political activities are daily heating up in the state ahead of the the governorship election later this year and the APC currently has about 51 contenders for the position.
Sahara Reporters quoted Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, publicity secretary of the party in state, as saying in a statement: “We have it on good authority that, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the executive governor of Ondo state, collected the sum of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) from the federation account on the 15th day of November 2012, which he personally signed for.
The Herald also reports that the APC further claimed that Goodluck Jonathan personally ordered the release of the funds to Mimiko for his re-election.
The APC spokesman further said the amount was received through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) into a personal account in a deal with some cronies of the governor in the finance ministry.
A statement from him said further: “Governor Mimiko received the funds in November 2012 through the bank accounts of his cronies through the ministry of Finance from the Central Bank of Nigeria
Adesanya threatened to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), if Mimiko did not explain the reasons for the diversion of the fund.
The statement said: “We hereby give the governor a seven-day ultimatum to address the people of the State on the diverted N15 billion and refund the money to the treasury of Ondo State forthwith.
“If he fails to meet these conditions within seven days, we will have no option than to write petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to help the suffering people of Ondo State to recover the N15 billion from the pockets of Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his friends.”
Meanwhile, the commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, has revealed that a total of N3. 574 billion was allocated to the state government from the federation account for June.