I’m Not Covering Up For Mimiko – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has broken silence over his relationship with former Governor Olusegun Mimiko who is his immediate predecessor in office.

Akeredolu who disclosed that Mimiko is a friend, noted that he’s not covering up for him.

There have been allegations that there was an unholy alliance between Akeredolu and Mimiko which made the present Governor to declared that he was not probing Mimiko’s administration.

It was rumored that Mimiko secretly backed Akeredolu to win the 2016 governorship election in the state.

But, Akeredolu said the former governor left the state treasuries emptied.

The Governor was answering questions from members of the public during his one year anniversary media chat.

He said “Yes, Mimiko is my friend; I cannot deny him because politics will come and go but your friend will remain your friend. We were in University of Ife together in 1974. I am not covering him. He owed 7 months salary left unpaid. He knows me, I know him; he knows that there is no way I could cover up or hide anything

“I have made it clear what we met on ground and the problem we are facing I enumerated the financial deficit we met on ground that came up to N220billion, the state was in debt. So, in that sense, there is no way I can cover anybody.”

Besides, Akeredolu said Mimiko should explain why he did not pay salary for seven months before his tenure expired if actually he left N20billion in government’s coffer.

Akeredolu Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak In Ondo State

The Ondo State Executive Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in Akure (The State Capital) which is recorded to have taken nine lives.

Akeredolu revealed that a total of 102 suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported in eight local government areas of the state.

“Thirty six of 79 cases have been confirmed with laboratory results, including nine deaths.

“Patients are being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while confirmatory tests are done at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

“At present, 127 hospital contacts and 308 community contacts were line-listed in all the affected local government areas while 30 had completed their follow-up,” Akeredolu said.

The governor disclosed that he had reactivated Emergency Preparedness and Response Team at both state and local government level to contain the spread of the disease.

He said this was in addition to active surveillance and contact tracing in the affected local government areas.

“Sensitization and community mobilization are also going on in all local government areas for traditional rulers, religious leaders, political leaders, market women and other stakeholders.

Lassa fever in Ondo
“Publicity is also ongoing through radio jingles, radio and television discussions in our media houses while educative materials such as handbills, flyers and posters have been produced and being distributed,” he said.

According to him, vehicles have been dedicated for transportation of samples and referred patients to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua in Edo State,.

He added that the Infectious Disease Isolation Unit at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, had also been expanded.

Akeredolu explained that some Personal Protective Equipment, (PPE), drugs, and hospital beds were donated to FMC, Owo, while some nursing staff were also released to the Treatment Centre to support management of the patients. (NAN)

Akeredolu Welcomes Oke Back To APC

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has formally welcomed the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in the last governorship election in the state Olusola Oke back to the Ruling APC.

At the event held in Akure, the state capital, Governor Akeredolu hailed the decision of Oke to return to the progressives party alongside other Governorship candidates.

He assured that the party’s door is always open to everyone willing to be part of a political party with the interest of the people at heart

Earlier, Olusola Oke had told Akeredolu of his readiness to be of support to his administration towards having a successful tenure and the development of the state.

He said the only thing he and other members defecting from the AD seek,is respect and will in return give their loyalty and unalloyed support.

The Acting Chairman of the APC in the state Ade Adetimehin advised all defectors to go to their various wards and obtain membership card so as to authenticate their membership.

PHOTONEWS: Tinubu, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Akeredolu Welcome Akala, Folarin To APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday joined Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Governor Akeredolu in Ibadan to celebrate Chief Alao Akala and others as they officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Here are photos from the Grand APC Rally that attracted thousands of supporters at the Ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan captured by Dolapo Julius.