The preferred governorship candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Adekunle Akinlade has declared that he is never an errand boy to the governor, saying it is about merit and justice.
Akinlade who is also the governorship candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), stater this while featuring on a Channels TV Politics Today on Sunday.
He also refuted the claim that he had been been tried or indicted for any fraud allegation,adding that the allegation came up immediately he showed interest in contesting the governorship seat of the State.
Akinlade dispelled the rumour making the rounds that he was indicted of fraud running into millions of Naira while serving as the Senior Special Assistance to Governor Ibikunle Amosun on taxation between 2011 and 2014.
He said, “Not at all, not to my knowledge, you must understand this, with the way out country is, I am a sitting member of House of Representatives and if that was true, I should been cooling off with ICPC or EFCC by now, not at all.
“In politics, such allegation will naturally come but the fact is that its not true, I have heard many things, and it is natural. I wasn’t aware of any committee was set up, I got to know when I made my intention known that I am running for governor and when you want to run, you will be shocked what people will say.
“There’s has never been any time any investigation was carried out on me, is a democracy, you can come to Ogun State and enquire of even EFCC of that is possible.”
On why Governor Amosun wanted to impose him on the people of Ogun State, Akinlade said the journey to his ambition started with the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in July 2017 to speak with Amosun on his behalf.
“The issue of imposition doesn’t come at all. In July 2017, I met Comrade Oshiomhole in his private residence in Abuja and told him that I was interested in becoming the governor of Ogun State and because he has had a successful transition in Edo State, I thought he was in the best position to speak with Governor Amosun to give me the opportunity.
“It was after which I went to my constituency for consultation and across the state, thus is a process that took almost seven month.
“I am not Amosun’s errand boy, it’s about merit and justice, electoral fraud, the worst of that in the history of this country was perpetrated in Ogun State and what happened is INEC going to Benin Republic to wrote 2019 election and come to Abuja to announce the result and you want people to accept it.
“Oshiomhole didn’t betray me, God sometime do something to strengthen we human being and even moved beyond that and confident of what the future holds for us.”
Akinlade who promised to focus on education, if elected, also promised to deploy technology to monitor tax compliance in the state.
He also promised to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State to 10 – 12 billion monthly without imposing additional tax on people.