The Ondo State governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Mr. Olusola Oke, has been accused of swindling the people of the state of a sum of N155million via a fictitious project and therefore is not qualified to be governor of the state. The accusation was made by a group, Coalition for Transparency, in a petition seeking Mr. Oke’s investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Inspector-General of Police. Signed by Bamidele Akindele, the group’s Protem Secretary, the group alleged that the governorship candidate shortchanged the people of Ondo State and the Federal Government by creating a non-existent community, which he called Uboeparito Community, and another case of forgery.
The group maintained that if Mr. Oke is not investigated and prosecuted, he may be elected governor to continue fleecing the state.
The group noted that Mr. Oke was unable to return as the Ondo State representative on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), when he could not scale the hurdle of security clearance by the Directorate of State Security (DSS) in 2005.
His disqualification from the NDDC Board, said the group, was recommended by a security report issued by the Directorate of State Security Service on 31 January, 2005.
The report, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, put Mr. Oke’s name at the top of the four-person list of those the DSS refrained from clearing “on the basis of negative security traces in the Service records”.
The others were Oke Mike Nwaebuna, Frederick Ebegue Amadasun and Emmanuel Jones Uzoka.
Titled “Re- Request For Security Clearance In Respect of Niger Delta Development Commission,” the report was addressed to the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters and signed by one Mr. Bayo Adeyemo on behalf of the DSS Director-General.
Based on the report, Campaign for Transparency maintained that Mr. Oke is ineligible to be governor of Ondo State.
“In our view, that report still subsists till today with regards to the eligibility of Olusola Oke to hold public office and it remains valid because it has neither been challenged by him nor set aside by a competent court,” said the group.
It argued that if Mr. Oke was unqualified to be returned to the NDDC Board, having breached public trust back then, he cannot be qualified to be governor of the state.
“Need we say that Oke, without much ado, needs to tell the good people of Ondo State and indeed all Nigerians after these years, the exact location of Uboeripato Community even without being invited or arrested, so he could regain the confidence of the people which he has lost based on this DSS report?” asked the group.
In the light of the above, it has been discovered that majority of the aspirants were allegedly involved in one form of corruption at a point in time when they have the opportunity to serve the people.
APGA guber. candidate, Hon. Barr. Adeyemi Alao, having served the people and the state at some levels proved to be transparent and accountable in all.
Bar. Alao’s exceptional dedication to duties endeared him to his employer at the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria where he worked in various capacities ranging from general administration, banking to mortgage operations. He was at one-time the General Secretary of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks and Financial Institutions (domestic Unit).
He left the public service in September 1991 to join Home Foundation Savings & Loans – one of the first set of licensed mortgage institutions in Nigeria – as the pioneer Head of Administration. He subsequently joined Continental Mortgage Finance Limited as the pioneer Head of Operations.
In April 1993, he was appointed as the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Mortgage Finance Limited, a position he occupied until 1996 when he went into legal practice.
An alumnus of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) and a Chartered Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Bar. Alao was in May 2003 elected into Ondo State House of Assembly where he served meritoriously. Throughout his stay in the House he was the Chairman of the Finance & Appropriation Committee.
Hardly had he got midway of that mandate than the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Agagu in 2005, appointed him as the Ondo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in July 2005. It is on record that Hon. Adeyemi Alao was a key member of the Agagu Administration and served creditably until February 2009 when the administration ended. He was a member of the State Security Council, the Fund Allocation Committee, State Tenders Board, to mention a few.
Hon. Adeyemi Alao was appointed to serve the state again in November 2013 as the 1st Commissioner in Ondo State Law Commission during Dr. Olusegun Mimiko’s second term but had to resign after less than a year in office on personal grounds.
Hon Adeyemi Alao had grown up to imbibe the values of service to humanity as the essence of life. No wonder he is today one of the frontline citizens of Ondo State who thinks about the advancement of the Sunshine State with passion and a fervent belief that the welfare of the people of the state irrespective of their age, sex or religion can be much better than the below-par performance of the conditions.
In all these appointments and opportunities, it was recorded that Hon. Adeyemi Alao set his record clean no wonder, APGA has to go after him to fly the flag of the party as the governorship candidate.
The above proves that APGA Candidate, Hon. Adeyemi Alao will transform Ondo State if elected the governor of Ondo state come 26th November.
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