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Ondo assembly says it will not probe alleged forgery of Akeredolu’s signature



Ondo assembly says it will not probe alleged forgery of Akeredolu’s signature

The Ondo State House of Assembly has declared that it won’t investigate allegations that the signature of ailing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is being forged by some government officials.

Ripples Nigeria reports that there have been allegations that the signature of the governor was forged on some official documents of the state.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kayode Ajulo first raised the alarm when he said: “I have it on good authority as a lawyer. Some of the commissioners, about five of them, sent memos to the governor, and they all returned with approval.

“Going through the approval compared to what the governor had approved when he was hale and hearty, there are notable disparities in them. The purported signature is not from the governor. It is so apparent.”

Also, the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Razak Obe, last week wrote to the Deputy Government, Lukcky Aiyedatiwa, claiming that Akeredolu’s signature was forged on some documents.

“Under close inspection, I noticed significant differences between the suspicious signature and the handwriting and Mr. Governor’s known signature and handwriting in the file.

But Majority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, in an interview with the Punch, however, said the legislature had no intention to probe the forgery allegation.

According to Ogunmolasuyi, there is nothing for the House to investigate in the matter as the governor himself, who is the owner of the signature, has not complained that his signature has been forged.

The House Leader said: “The House has no reason to investigate the issue of forgery since the signature is not the Speaker’s or any member of the House. The essence of a signature is to affirm a document that belongs to a person.

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“Meanwhile, the best person to raise the alarm over a signature forgery is the owner of the signature. This is not the first time they raised the alarm over the signature forgery, and Mr Governor himself came out and released a press statement through his CPS to debunk the news. Mr Governor has been communicating with the House, using his signature and there is nothing different.”

Speaking further, Ogunmolasuyi said the forgery allegation is because of the protracted political crisis in the state.

According to him, it was the handiwork of some people who have political ambition ahead 2024 governorship election.

“People allow their ambition to drive them instead of them to drive their ambition, and some people have claimed to love the state, which is a typical lie, their personal interest, is what they put first. I believe that immediately after the primaries in 2024 some of these issues will be addressed and and will be laid to rest.

“I believe that what we are supposed to be working towards now is how to bring the dividend of democracy to the doorsteps of our people as representatives of our people. We should also use this time to pray for Mr Governor.

“If somebody is claiming that a signature is forged, the person might have been the beneficiary of this forged signature, the person should be called for questioning, and then the security agencies in Nigeria should look into it and conduct more investigation,” the lawmaker said.

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