Ondo govt denies collecting N82b from FG

THE Ondo State government has denied a statement credited to the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it collected N82b from the Federal Government, being money owed it on the Paris Club deductions.

Putting a lie to the report in a statement issued in Akure, on Monday, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, said it was most unfortunate that such falsehood was coming from the people that want to form government in the state.

He said the statement, credited to an APC governorship aspirant in the state, Hononourable Victor Olabimtan, was a deliberate falsehood to incite the people against the government.

“Such  falsehood could only have come from a corrupt and  hallucinating  mind looking for where to offload its frustrations. Olabimtan, being an APC member, should be conversant with the activities of the Federal Government hence, should be able to report accurately, activities of  the same government without misleading the public.

“Setting the record straight, though the Federal Government promised to refund part of the over deductions it made on some states regarding the Paris Club’s payment, till date, money has not been released to any state on the basis of Paris club deduction’s refund”, he said.

Insisting on the need to have value  for  the “truth in our day to day dealings”, Akinmade said campaign period was over, adding that it would not be fair on the people to be hoodwinked to submission with lies and continue to be fed with more lies, all in the bid to paint the outgoing government black.

Cautioning against what he said were attempts to rule the people with lies had always failed, he said  “it is time  for APC to  prepare  to face  the task of governance that would confront   it in the  state from next year with the reality on ground.”