LP, Ondo Govt. Lock Horns Over Car Loans

Labour Party (LP) Ondo State Chapter and the state government have stated another quarrel over the allegation that Dr. Segun Mimiko and his aides, while in government failed to refund the car loans they obtained.

Mimiko who was the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Agagu’s first term, however, has denied the allegation.

He said he had fully repaid the loan, adding that non of his aides were indebted to the government.

Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) publicity secretary in the state, Chief Yemi Adedipe in a press release in Akure, urged Mimiko to ask his aids to refund the loans.

The release said it was amazing that Mimiko was defending himself rather than calling his aids to repay the loans, about three years after leaving office.

Those listed by Adedipe as defaulters include; LP’s Director of Press, Mr. Kola Olabisi; Publicity secretary, Mr. Ranti Akerele; Mrs. Cecilia Fayose and Mimiko’s special Assistant, Pius Osunyikanmi.

LP’s Guber candidate had last week engaged Agagu over an allegation that he was yet to repay a N3.5million car loan.

He alleged Agagu of playing to the gallery, saying that he had a receipt to show that he had repaid the loan.

Mimiko advised Agagu to face his case at the Appeal court instead of engaging him.

LP’s press secretary, Kola Olabisi demanded an apology from the state government for lying against Mimiko.

Olabisi gave the state government 14 days ultimatums or else he would institute a libel suit against it.

He adds: “If anybody owes, it is Agagu who has refused to pay severance allowances to all those he is now trying to denigrate following his loss at the Election Petition Tribunal which mollified his election at the April 14, 2007 governorship election.

“While not trying to dignify Adedipe with a response, there is the need to put the records straight. This spurious allegation is baseless, untrue and another fly-in-the-ointment tactic.

“For three harrowing years when some of us served his administration, what Agagu gave with the right hand as car loans, he took back via huge monthly deductions.

“So huge were these deductions by Agagu in his bid to retrieve his loans back that a whole commissioner then took home less than N8,000 monthly while special assistants and other aides got less than N4,000 as monthly take-home.

Agagu has taken his loans back and if anybody owes, it is Agagu because the law is settled that once a political office holder spends more than two years in office and he is not sacked, he qualifies for severance allowance.

“Besides, most of us left voluntarily and our letters of registration were accepted with thanks. Did Agagu pay those who served under his predecessor, Chief Adebayo Adefarati, not to talk of those who served him and later resigned for better opportunities? So who owes whom? This is the question Agagu must answer and not denigrate us.

“Let him go to court if he feels we owe him and he will meet us there”.

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