The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to open an investigation into the N4.3bn which was found in a secret bank account by the Ondo State Government.
The PDP urged the anti-graft agency to investigate the lack of disclosure about the fund which the state government says has been pent.
The party also accused the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu administration of being economical with the truth.
According to Zadok Akintoye, the PDP spokesman, “If the funds were discovered as far back as February 2018, of what purpose and intent is the “revelation” as credited to the Commissioner for Information? How was the money accounted for in the records of state? If it was accounted as revenue earned, who was the consultant paid for its receipt?
“While we are of the opinion that this information was released for the purpose of mischief, it has become very pertinent that the Ondo State House of Assembly set aside party loyalty to do what it is statutory mandated to do in ensuring that public funds and resources are expended on behalf of the people according to the law.
“We use this opportunity to call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately investigate the allegations of misappropriation of public funds as noted in the response of the Commissioner for Information, wherein he said the funds had been spent on projects yet without such expenditure being legally appropriated.”