All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to beam its searchlight on the activities of the state governor and his business associates in the execution of the new airport and market projects in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The party expressed worry over what it called “mind-boggling revelations in the execution of the proposed projects by the governor, using his business associates as alleged fronts to misappropriate Ekiti money like he did during his first term in the moribund poultry project.”
APC state publicity secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, listed instances of how the governor allegedly awarded questionable contracts to his family members and friends.
According to the party, Dothraki International Limited, a business name allegedly owned by one of the governor’s sons, was awarded a multi-million naira contract involving projects on road signs and Christmas lights within Ado Ekiti in December last year, allegedly to siphon Ekiti money.
It said Grid Associates Nig Ltd, allegedly owned by the governor’s close friend, was the one constructing the Women’s Development Centre and Oja Oba Market, Ado-Ekiti, as consultant and contractor.
It added: “This is against the due process law. The market is contracted at a cost of N3.378 billion. None of the contracts went through the Due Process Office.” Olatunbosun also said Shehu & Partner Nig Ltd, allegedly owned by a business associate of the governor, is the one handling the airport project.
He alleged that “the company is the one handling both the consultancy (monitoring/ supervision/ evaluation) and construction of the airport. The project cost is N5.885 billion. The party said the state government is not carrying along the Federal Government which has the exclusive right to build and manage airports/airways, allegedly because of the governor’s personal interest. (NationalMirror)
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