One of the governorship aspirants that contested All Progressives Congress primary election last Saturday’s in Ondo State, Chief Jamiu Ekungba, has said he at no time abused the people of the state after his loss at the poll.
Refuting a report that circulated on the social media after the election, Ekungba, who got 44 votes, said he never referred to the people of the state as “bastards and ingrates.”
The report claimed that Chief Jamiu Ekungba was bitter about his loss and therefore regretted that he wasted over N300 million on delegates who despite the huge inducements, refused to vote for him.
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 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.”
“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.”
“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 stage.