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N5.5bn Deal: PDP Urges Comprehensive Probe Of APC Guber Candidate

APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Obaseki, Edo Indigenes
Posted: Jun 27, 2016 at 6:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

Benin – Chief Dan Orbih, Edo State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday called on the House of Representatives and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to carry out comprehensive investigation on the alleged N5.5 billion deal involving the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Addressing journalists in Benin, Chief Orbih said investigation carried out by the PDP at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) revealed that the APC governorship candidate was found to have allegedly appropriated to himself the shares of the late Humphrey Idisi, the chairman of Lonestar Oil Company.

?Orbih disclosed that as against an alleged agreement which gave late the Idisi an option of appointing a new chairman, the APC candidate allegedly appropriated to himself the control of 36 million shares in the company.

According to the PDP chairman, “From the records available before us, it is clear that Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate, through this transaction had fraudulently accrued to himself the 36 million share capital hitherto held by the family of Humphery Idisi.

“?This is fraudulent, this is unacceptable and we want to say that the present attempt by Godwin Obaseki and his German collaborators to frustrate the public hearing by members of the House of Representatives will not hold.”

Chief Orbih, who called on Edo voters to join the campaign train of the PDP and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, described the party’s candidate as a “man of God,” promising to release more documents of alleged fraudulent activities of the APC candidate “in collaboration with Adams Oshiomhole to defraud Edo State”.

Orbih added, “I am using this opportunity to call on the EFCC that the petition presented to its South South zone in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, should be properly scrutinised with all seriousness by the commission”, Orbih further said.

It would be recalled that the APC flag bearer had in an interview last week described the allegation as “one of those scams” he had “nothing” to do with, as he was only a shareholder sitting on the board of the company.

According to Obaseki, “It is one of those scams; they wrote to the EFCC, the committee on public prosecution. So, if someone is owing you, is there no civil procedure to go about it? Why should it be an EFCC matter? But it has nothing to do with me. I didn’t manage the company; I am just a shareholder and on the board of the company. I didn’t take money from anybody.”