A group, the Accountability And Watchdog Network, AWN, has urged the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu to declare his assets in conformity with the requirements of the law under the provisions of paragraph 11 of the 5th Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The group made the call in a statement issued by its Chairman, Ayodele Omolafe and Secretary, Olufemi Ogunleye on Friday.
SUNSHINE HERALD recalled that Mr. Akeredolu had during his campaign promised to declare his asset publicly if he emerged as Governor of the State.
The Governor in one of his interviews with reporters had said; "If I emerged as the governor, I will declare my assets publicly, note it."
AWN said public disclosure of assets by Mr. Akeredolu will give people of the State a true picture of his simple lifestyle and will also send a powerful message to his yet to be constituted members of the cabinet that it is not going to be business as usual with his government.
"We are therefore fully in support of the demand for assets declaration; that is a place to start assessing and examine the administration of Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu in the state, as we all know that majority of political office holders are always richer by accumulating wealth and embezzling state fund against the first day they take up the positions in disguised poverty"
"The call had become necessary in view of the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osibanjo, which many governors used their campaign mantra of "change" to seek the vote of electorates into power had since declared their own assets publicly.
"So, we trust that Governor Akeredolu will fulfill his long promise by publicly declaring his assets and compelling his cabinet members to declare their assets and publish widely the information and figures on the government information website and social media platforms for easy access and evaluation," the group said.
AWN said it has discovered corruption case which were perpetrated by the cronies of former Governor Olusegun Mimiko which they tagged as friend to the Governor.
The group then promised to mount pressure on Mr. Akeredolu to probe the past administration and government officials who are suspected to have looted the treasury of the state.
"We are aware that the governor has been meeting with senior heads of ministries, boards and parastatals in the state and lots of corruption cases perpetrated under the immediate past government in most of these ministries have been discovered.
"This is even why commissioners and key board members have not been appointed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state into the ministries, boards, and agencies of the state of its three months in power.
"We urged the Governor not to cover up the corruption cases, which has been discovered were perpetrated by the cronies of his friend and former Governor Olusegun Mimiko in the state.
"Else, we would tag his own government as been the "most corrupt" in the history of the state if he dare engage in any cover up of the corruption case that has been discovered in some ministries," the group said.