Ekiti APC seeks probe into airport, market projects, alleges funds diversion

 By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to launch an investigation into the new airport and market projects being carried out by Governor Ayo Fayose.

 

The party wants the anti-graft agency to beam its searchlight on activities of Fayose and his business associates handling the projects maintaining that the projects were intended to siphon Ekiti funds into private pockets.

 

The opposition claimed that due process was not followed in the award of contracts for the projects faulting a situation in which one of the companies awarded contracts in the state serve as both consultant and contractor.

 

In a statement on Tuesday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the demand for EFCC investigation became imperative “in the face of mind-boggling revelations” in the execution of the proposed projects by the governor.

 

The party accused Fayose of using his business associates as alleged fronts to misappropriate Ekiti money like he allegedly did during his first term in the moribund poultry project which gulped over N1.3 billion.

 

Listing instances of cloudy deals through which the governor allegedly awarded questionable contracts to his family members and friends, Olatunbosun said:

 

“Dothraki International Limited, a business name owned by one of Fayose’s sons, was contracted for the projects on road signs and Christmas lights within Ado Ekiti in December last year. The contract, which gulped millions of naira, was used to siphon Ekiti money to Fayose’s family private account with flagrant disregard to due process

 

“Grid Associates Nig Ltd, owned by Arch. Abiodun Fari, Fayose’s close friend who featured prominently in the EFCC Case against Fayose on corruption charges is the same company which the governor has been using as conduit pipe to corner to corner government contracts.

 

“It is the company constructing the building on Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka burial ground at Fajuyi area in the state capital and also the one handling the construction of Oja Oba Market, Ado-Ekiti, both as consultant and contractor.

 

“This is against the due process law. The market is contracted at the cost of N3.378 billion. None of the contracts went through Due Process Office.”

 

The party also listed Shehu & Partner Nig Ltd: a company owned by the governor’s Northern-based business associate as another company handling Fayose’s controversial airport project.

 

“The company is the one handling both the consultancy (monitoring/supervision/evaluation) and construction of the airport. The project cost is N5.885billion

 

“Information at our disposal alleged that the governor went home with N50m from the clearing of the site from the contractor through the Commissioner for Works, Kayode Oso, while the contractor took N50million as the clearing cost.

 

“Our information also confirmed that the alleged business deal between Fayose/Kayode Oso and his Northern contractor friend is on 50/50 basis.

 

“In all this, the Federal Government with exclusive right to build and manage airports/airways is not being carried along because of Fayose’s business interest.

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