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Osun APC Carpets, Adeleke, for awarding billion Naira  road contracts to his brother, other family members

...urges anti-graft agencies to wade in

Osun APC Carpets, Adeleke, for awarding billion Naira  road contracts to his brother, other family members

By Richard Akintade, Osogbo

Following the alleged nepotism in the award of public contracts in Osun by the Governor Ademola Adeleke government, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has berated the governor for awarding multibillion naira infrastructural projects to his elder brother, Dr. Deji Adeleke; his son, David Adeleke, popularly known as ‘Davido; and Deputy Speaker, Akinyode Abidemi Oyewusi, among others.

The opposition party in the state scolded the governor for continuously running the affairs of the state as a private enterprise of Adeleke’s dynasty, decrying the gross violation of the 2015 Public Procurement Law of the state in the award of contracts worth about N50 billion to entities with no professional and technical competence.

This is even as the party called on the anti-graft agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to come to the aid of the state.

The APC raised the allegations on Tuesday at a press conference addressed by its chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, held at the Tinubu/Shettima campaign office in Osogbo.

Lawal accused Adeleke of flagrant disobedience to existing laws and gross violation of the 2015 Public Procurement Law of the state in the award of contracts to entities with no background in road construction.

According to him, the financial injection through the supposed infrastructure is being circumvented and cornered by the Adeleke family, using the business names of Dr. Deji Adeleke and a lawmaker from Ife North State constituency of Osun State, Hon. Akinyode Abidemi Oyewumi.

“Tongues are currently wagging in Osun State that the billionaire brother of Governor Adeleke, Dr. Deji Adeleke, and his son, Mr. David Adeleke, a.k.a. ‘Davido’, are interested parties in the touted multi-billion naira road and flyover projects, using inactive and inexperienced companies to front for them.

“It is bizarre that two companies founded by the incumbent Deputy Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Akinyode Abidemi Oyewusi, were recently awarded road construction contracts by the Government of Osun State.

“The Osun State Deputy Speaker is the founder of Raregeode Company Limited and Acumen Forte Limited, two companies awarded road projects by Governor Adeleke to the tune of N9 billion, and was a shareholder in the two companies as at the time the contracts were awarded, while members of his family were also persons with significant interest in the two companies, which is contrary to the public procurement law of Osun State.

“By virtue of the PPA Law of 2015, it amounts to an unholy conflict of interest that a leader of the state House of Assembly will, through the back door, use two companies founded by him, where he is still a shareholder and members of his family are still holding principal directing positions, to bid for public contracts.

“For the fact that this seemingly unpatriotic action of Mr. Oyewusi grossly violates provisions of the state’s procurement law, he should resign his membership in the state House of Assembly outright and hand himself over to the anti-graft agency for prosecution.

“Again, it is strange that the Ademola Adeleke government awarded public contracts to companies with no history of road construction. There is no verifiable evidence that Raregeode Company Limited, Acumen Forte Limited, and the three companies engaged in road construction, namely: Ascorj Integrated Nigeria Ltd., Great Enyork Technology Limited, and Enginec Engineering Limited, have the capacity and experience for such whooping contracts. The contracts were not only gifted to mushroom companies; they were gifted at insane costs. Even in the Niger Delta states where topology is unfriendly, contracts are not awarded at N2.5 billion per kilometre, as Governor Adeleke has done in the instance of Osun.

“We want to use this medium to call on the anti-graft agencies, especially the ICPC and EFCC, to immediately move their men to Osun State in order to halt the reckless mismanagement of public funds, which is now endemic under the government of Senator Ademola Adeleke,”  Lawal asserted.

The APC frayed Adeleke’s style of governance, which it described as anti-masses, saying, “While Governor Adeleke and members of his family are lining their pockets with public funds, the people of Osun State suffer untold hardship on account of a lack of palliative and welfare programmes from the government of the state.”.

The party inferred that it is paradoxical that, despite the fact that the monthly allocations from the federation account since May last year have doubled, the Osun State Government, under the leadership of Governor Adeleke, has flagrantly refused to complement the palliatives provided by the Federal Government to cushion the debilitating effects of the removal of the oil subsidy.

“Under Governor Adeleke, the state is now described in the media as the Poverty Headquarters of Yorubaland, as all micro-economic indices have isolated Osun State in the South-West as the poorest. Ever since the current socio-economic challenges erupted, the Adeleke hegemony has never directly intervened to ease the global and national  trauma,” the party stated.

Lawal also debunked the PDP’s allegations against the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, of using his position and closeness to the President to destabilise the state, saying the false alarm confirmed the palpable ineptness in Adeleke’s government.

“Rather than facing governance and providing solutions to the problems bedevilling the state, the government of Osun State is busy playing petty politics and manufacturing lies to tarnish the enviable image of our party leaders. You will recall that the leadership of the PDP in the state, led by one political mascot, in a statement accused Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, of using his closeness to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to destabilise the state.

“We want to state pointedly here as a party that there is no basis for such an accusation as it was not only misplaced but unfounded as the peace-loving marine minister is preoccupied with how to complement the efforts of President Tinubu in the realisation of his Renewed Hope Agenda in the interest of the generality of the people of this nation,”  the party added.

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