The All Progressives Congress (APC) has exposed an alleged plot by the out-going governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, to disappear from Nigeria ahead of the February 23 handing over date in the state.
Mimiko is supposed to handover the baton of leadership in the state to Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who won the governorship election in the state recently on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC said he is planning to first escape to a neighbouring country before heading for China or Canada.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in a statement by Abayomi Adesanya, the APC publicity secretary in Ondo state, in Akure on Tuesday, February 7, the party said: “If this happens, it will create complexities and pit-holes in the smooth take-off for incoming Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
“Mimiko’s plan is designed to create complexity and pit-holes in the smooth take-off of the new administration as against the seamless transition he once promised.
“Mimiko is making plans to relocate to Canada or China, thereby evading possible arrest by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation and prosecution and to launder his last minutes loots.
“The governor has concluded plans to proceed on a 10-day vacation and to delegate power to his deputy to act as governor prior to the handing over date.
“He had transmitted a notification letter the state House of Assembly under the leadership of the former Speaker, Ms Jumoke Akindele, some days before her removal from office over N15 million fraud allegation.
“This arrangement failed because the former speaker could not announce or read the governor’s vacation letter at the plenary as a result of her removal.”
He added: “We, therefore, call on security agencies to beef-up security and surveillance in and around the country’s borders to prevent the outgoing governor and his cronies from escaping with alleged state’s looted funds.”
In his reaction, the commissioner for Information in the state, Kayode Akinmade, said: “Am a member of the transition committee and am aware that the governor and the governor-elect met three days ago to fine-tune the transition programme and they had useful discussion.
“I am aware that there are lined up projects to be commissioned by the governor between now and the handover day, so if somebody is coming up that the governor is planning to proceed on vacation, that means such person is coming from outer space.
“This is concocted information. There is no outer of truth in what he is saying.”