Akeredolu’s signature not forged – Ondo Govt

Ondo State

Ondo State Government on Thursday dissociated itself from some documents bearing the allegedly forged signature of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

It said that the governor still treats files.

Two documents trending on social media were said to have been forged by some unscrupulous persons to syphon funds from the state’s treasury.

But the Information and Orientation commissioner, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, told reporters after the state Executive Council meeting on Thursday that no one has forged the governor’s signature.

According to her, only forensic experts could determine which of the two purportedly forged signatures is real and which is fake.

Disclosing that Governor Akeredolu still attends to files, Ademola-Olateju said that the two files she sent to the governor were approved and returned to her.

She said: “I sent two files to the Governor and they came back. It was not different from what I am accustomed to.

“Nobody is forging the Governor’s signature to take out money. The Governor is not bigger than the Executive Council. We vowed to work for the progress of Ondo State. Social media fake news peddlers should desist from spreading fake news.”

The first State Executive Council holding in three months was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The commissioner also said that the resolutions reached at the Abuja meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was discussed at the meeting and the key decisions were spelt out for other Exco members who were not at that meeting.

According to her, all members of the state Executive Council agreed to abide by the resolutions and allow peace to reign in the state.

Also, she disclosed that N35,000 wage award to each of the civil servants in the state was approved by the Council.

Ademola-Olateju said: “We discussed
the issue of pallaitives meant to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal. We took note of how the palliative fund was spent.

“We discussed the resolutions reached in Abuja as one family. We agreed there must be peace.”

In attendance among other members of the council were Governor Akeredolu’s son, Babajide, who is the Director General of Performance and Project Implementation and Monitoring Unit (PPIMU); Special Adviser on Security Matters, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye; Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr Dare Aragbaiye.

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