*says ICPC probing purchase of Excavators under Ajimobi administration
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Forum of Chairmen of Oyo State Local Government Areas on Monday stated that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) is not investigating any of the sitting local government Chairmen in the state.
The Forum Chairman who is also the Chairman of Ibadan South-East Local Government, Alawode Emmanuel Oluwole in a statement in Ibadan pointed out that the ICPC investigation was on the purchase of excavators for four local government councils under the immediate past administration of the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi
He stressed that though four of the sitting local government Chairmen were invited to the ICPC headquarters in Abuja, they were questioned on the purchase of excavators, which took place under the immediate past administration in Oyo State.
“We promptly told the ICPC that the excavators were purchased by the immediate past government in Oyo State and that we (the current council Chairmen) did not meet records of the purchase in our councils,” he said.
The Forum Chairman said, during the visit to Abuja, the “Chairmen were asked why it cost the previous government N75 million to purchase each of the excavators when each of the machines should not cost more than N21 million.”
“We told the ICPC that we were not there during the purchase of the excavators and that we didn’t meet any documents concerning the purchase in the councils. Within two hours, we were done with our statements and we left the ICPC Headquarters.”
Hon Alawode stated that the report claiming that the Chairmen were being investigated for allegedly diverting funds accruing from excavator rentals, allegedly put at N80,000 per day was not true, saying, “we also need to correct the wrong impression that some of the chairmen so mentioned were allegedly diverting funds from businesses made with the excavator.
“None of us diverted any funds whatsoever. It is wrong to say that the Chairmen have been diverting proceeds of excavator rentals and we equally need to state that whereas each excavator is given out at the rate of N50,000 per day, the report erroneously quoted N80,000. This is a wrong assertion meant to tarnish the image of the hardworking Chairmen.”