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Contract Scam: Ogun Speaker Denies Allegation

11 Dec 2012

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Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Isola Adekunbi

Sheriff Balogun

Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Isola Adekunbi, Monday denied allegations of financial scam involving the procurement of 28 official cars for members of the Assembly.
Adekunbi said he was ready to answer questions relating to the allegations.

Adekunbi, however, appealed for calm, saying he was convinced of coming out of the investigation clean at the end of the day.

The Speaker alongside seven others, including the Clerk of the Assembly, Hon. Muyiwa Adenopo, were to appear before the Head of Investigations of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday over allegations of contract inflation, which was awarded at the rate of N6 million per car.

It was gathered that the invitees have decided to honour the invitation tomorrow.

The Speaker alongside other top officials of the Assembly were summoned by the ICPC to answer questions relating to the procurement of 28 Toyota Avensis cars for the members.

Adekunbi, who spoke yesterday through his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Akinola Waheed, said his invitation by the  ICPC was part of routine exercise by the commission.

He said he was not worried about the invitation, adding that the procurement of the cars was in line with due process and sincerity of purpose.

“The invitation of the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly by the ICPC is part of the routine exercise by the agency and that is not tantamount to conviction.

“The Speaker is not worried as the procurement was in line with due process and done with sincerity of purpose.
“He is ready to give answer to questions bordering on the petition by a faceless petitioner. We appeal for calm as we remain on top of the situation and remain convinced of our coming out clean at the end of it all.”

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