The Oyo State Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, has issued an alarm with respect to the last-minute withdrawal of funds from the state’s treasury ahead of the May 29 handing over by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The governor-elect alleged that the plan of the outgoing administration was to cripple his incoming government.
Makinde further stated the incumbent government was out to sabotage the efforts of the incoming administration by depleting funds in the state coffers.
This was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Dotun Oyelade which reveals he was aware of “questionable special projects for which N2. 475m have been hurriedly released for each of the 33 local governments and similar amount released to the Oyo state Road Maintenance Agency, OSTROMA for the same purpose, totalling N4,950,000,000.”
According to him, the money was taken from the Excess Crude Account and released through the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Makinde argued that while the government was a continuum, the frenetic release of government funds in unusual circumstances was worrisome, especially if it was not in the normal bureaucratic pattern.
He said his team were keeping track of activities on the state’s bank accounts, adding that he would take steps to correct all anomalies.