Former Oyo Governor, Ladoja denies corruption allegation
By Ademola Akadiri
Former Oyo state Governor Senator Rasidi Ladoja has denied any involvement in alleged misappropriation of fund, while he was the Governor of the state between 2003 and 2007
The former Governor explained further that he could not refund money as demanded by the Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), since he did not steal from government’s purse and would be unreasonable to refund what he didn’t take
An EFCC investigator Abubakar Madaki in the recent case of corruption against the former governor, recently testified at the Federal High Court in Lagos that in 2007 the accused instructed that shares of the state which was worth #6.6 billion, be sold at discounted rates without the consent of the Executive council.
The Investigator further revealed that the proceeds from the sale was shared among Ladoja, his family and close associates, an allegation which Ladoja out rightly denied.
Ladoja who spoke with reporters at his residence said “It is true that I did not return any money to the anti-graft agency because I did not steal the state’s money. Why would I refund money when I did not steal any money? I am not bordered. It is true that EFCC said I didn’t not refund money. This is because I did not steal any money”.
Concerning the crisis rocking the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, he revealed that the party’s stakeholders had made its stand known to the National Working Committee (NWC) of that party, adding that if the leadership of the party refused to act on time, the leaders and their followers may have no option than to leave.