The ongoing war between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Ogun Governor-Elect, Dapo Abiodun, is assuming another dimension.
Barely weeks to the end of Amosun’s administration, the man who is going to succeed him has been heaping accusations on him. Speaking through one of his men, Tunde Oladunjoye, Abiodun is alleging that Amosun is engaging in last-minute award of contracts as well as auctioning of government properties.
Hear him: “It has come to our notice that the outgoing administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun is busy with last-minute award of contracts, selling and auctioning of government properties and secret recruitments into the civil service, in a bid to tie the hands of the incoming governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun.
“While we find these reported last-minute contracts, withdrawals from treasury, sale of land and illegal recruitment of Senator Amosun’s cronies into senior positions of the Ogun State Civil Service very shocking, our party wishes to warn the members of the general public that such hurried transactions would not necessarily be binding on the incoming administration.
“We urge Ogun State’s senior civil servants not to be part of the desperate moves of the departing governor to undermine socio-economic stability of our state, by engaging in, condoning or being part of any act that breaches or constitutes a flagrant abuse of laid-down rules, regulations and due process.
“It is our belief that an administration with less than two months to hand over should, by now, be preparing its handover notes for a smooth transition, instead of digging pits for the incoming government.
“May we also reiterate here that all loans, overdraft and financial obligations that do not follow due process, including the approval of the Ogun State House of Assembly, would not be honoured. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”
Amosun and Abiodun became political enemies over the Ogun governorship election. While Amosun wanted Abdulkadir Akinlade as his successor, APC, ably supported by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Governor Segun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and other political heavyweights stood solidly behind Abiodun, owner of the popular Heyden Petroleum.