Babajide Akeredolu, son of the Ondo State Governor, has threatened to sue Agboola Ajayi, candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) for the upcoming state governorship election, for mentioning his name in the alleged N4.3 billion kept in a secret account by the previous administration.
Akeredolu stated this in a post on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ajayi, who is the incumbent State Deputy Governor, was alleged to have mentioned that Babajide received a commission of N433 million from the N4.3 billion found in the secret account during his campaign rally in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state, last Saturday.
Babajide described the allegation as false, saying that claim was unsubstantiated and designed to malign him for political gain.
“My attention has been drawn to the spurious allegations made against me by Hon. Agboola Ajayi, the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party during his campaign rally on the 19th of September, 2020 at Ore in Odigbo local government area.
“This deliberate, malicious and mendacious statement has been making the rounds online and on social media platforms. The unsubstantiated claim and accusations are designed to mislead the general public and calculated to malign my person for clear political gain, is not only wicked, treacherous and false but clearly most defamatory.
“The allegation, which has been making the round without a face to it, has been refuted by the state government when it first surfaced. While I find it imperative to state unambiguously that I do not hold any political office, it is evil and most wicked to make such allegation that exists mainly in the minds of Hon. Agboola, the ZLP candidate and his ilk against me.
“I state with emphasis that it is the greatest disrespect and intentional distortion of facts for the said gubernatorial candidate of the ZLP to state inter alia that I siphoned Four hundred and thirty-three million naira of Ondo State’s funds under the disguise of consultancy fees. This allegation which I deny can only come from someone so lowly and frivolous and unexpected of anyone who holds the high office of a deputy governor.
“The statement by Hon. Agboola Ajayi was calculated to disparage my person and credibility and it has caused severe damage to my reputation and professional interests. In light of the above, I have instructed my lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, of the Falana Chambers, to institute legal action against Hon. Agboola Ajayi to claim full damages for the harm the false and malicious statement he made has done to my reputation. He must prove this allegation in the court of law.
“If there is any modicum of honesty in the ZLP candidate, I expect that he shows clear willingness to do the honourable thing by stripping himself of his immunity and accept the court process and prove his claims in the court of law.
“I have instructed my lawyers to institute legal action against Hon. Agboola Ajayi to claim full damages for the harm the false and malicious statement he made has done to my reputation. He must prove this allegation in the court of law.”
The governor’s son said he would wait till the deputy governor gets off his immunity before instituting the legal action against him.