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Ekungba denies calling Ondo people bastards

07 September 2016, 10:10

Ondo - One of the governorship aspirants that contested last Saturday’s primary election of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Jamiu Ekungba, has dismissed reports that he referred to Ondo people as bastards after his loss at the poll, Punch reports.

Various media outfits reported that Ekungba came out of the venue of the exercise on Saturday ranting, shouting and lamenting.

Ekungba, who hails from Owo LGA of the state with the winner of the election, Rotimi Akeredolu, said with fury and lamentation that the people of Ondo State collected his money and deceived him by failing to cast their votes for him in the primaries after spending millions of naira.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ekungba said, “I never gave any money what-so-ever to any of the 2834 delegates. If I did not part with money, why would I complain?

“I do not have N300 million to share. Even if I had, both in all my interviews and at campaigns to the delegates, I made it very clear that I would not induce anybody with money to vote for me. Why would I bribe people to give me a job that would require so much energy to bring back to life an economy that is almost dead totally?

“I hope you are aware that Ondo State, an oil-producing state despite collecting about N628bn federal allocations in seven years of this administration, owes the civil servants eight months’ salaries. I am an accomplished accountant, an experienced banker, administrator and a financial expert.

“I know the state of Ondo’s economy and what it will take to fix it. I will, therefore, because of the challenges that will accompany the fixing, not bribe my way to offer my people this type of very difficult service.

“The mischievous write-up claimed I stormed out of the venue. The video clips of the primary will show that I was the first to congratulate the winner and was the last with him in the arena.

“I was with him throughout the final announcement, shaking hands with the officials, during his acceptance speech and during his brief press interview. So, after doing all these, how could my coming out be storming out?”

- News 24


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