👤 Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
The former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, who is currently the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been investigated and indicted for breach of procurement of law.
Mr Oshiomhole, 68, who is still facing several other battles to remain the chairman of the APC, commissioned the 60-bed- hospital in 2014, and despite procurement law stating that government project should not receive more than 25 per cent upfront payment, the former governor paid “75 percent of the contract sum upfront for the project to Vamed Engineering, Chairman of the Commission, Justice James Oyomire (rtd) noted.
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The report which has now been handed over to the state current Governor, Godwin Obaseki, with the recommendation for prosecution of all those involved in the fraud.
Governor Obaseki, 60, plans to do that, adding that the corruption in the health sector has not helped the fight to rid the deadly coronavirus.
“The people who have the opportunity of rebuilding the system took further steps in destroying the already weakened system. We shall seat down and thoroughly review this report,” he said, explaining that “any “resources of government that need to be returned back, we will not hesitate to ask for them.”
He added that “since I came into office, you cannot find this type of breach you have mentioned. If people have to face prosecution, whether civil or criminal, they will have to be prosecuted.
“When you are given a public trust, so much is expected from you and there is a responsibility to maintain that public trust. We want to build institutions and not individuals because individuals will come and go, but institutions will remain.”
In separate allegations, Mr Oshiomhole, a former leader of a textile union, has also been indicted for corruption and the Economic and financial Crimes commission, EFCC has been utged to investigate the matter.
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Hannibal Uwaifo, the president of the African Bar Association (AfBA), urged President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the anti-graft agency to begin the investigation against the APC chairman who many members accuse of handling the party primaries in 2019 wrongly.
According to Mr Uwaifo, the petitions against Mr Oshiomhole are many. At a media event in Lagos this January, he said “If the Buhari government says they are not selective, let the EFCC start the probe of the petition against Oshiomhole, then we will know that they are very serious.”