The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State on Sunday said the embattled Governor Olusegun Mimiko has a case to answer over the $2.1 billion arms deal meant to fight the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-East part of the country.
Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, the State publicity secretary of the party, said this in a statement issued and obtained by SaharaReporters in Akure, the State capital.
Mr. Adesanya accused Mr. Mimiko of receiving N500 million out of the $2.1 billion arms deal from the office of the erstwhile National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
He said the governor received the money when he served as the Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign in the Southwest during the last general election.
“We consider it as evil and callous for anyone to have received and diverted funds meant for the procurement of arms to fund the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015. As the chairman of Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign in the Southwest, we do hold that despite the immunity that Mr. Governor enjoys, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has a case to answer on this issue,” Mr. Adesanya said.
The APC spokesperson further accused Mr. Mimiko of using a factional chairman of the PDP, Clement Faboyede, in the State as an agent for laundering the funds.
He alleged that the embattled PDP chairman is now on the run for the fear of being arrested by the anti-graft agency of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“A factional chairman of the PDP in Ondo State, Clement Faboyede, who the governor reportedly used as a courier to collect the funds from the office of the National Security Adviser, has since absconded and deserted the State for the fear of being arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” Mr. Adesanya disclosed.
The party’s spokesperson also said that the leaders of the PDP benefited and profited richly from the funds intended to be used in the fight against the insurgents that have displaced over 2.3 million Nigerians.