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Obaseki Reacts To Claims Of Diverting State Funds To Afrinvest

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has reacted to the allegations of diverting State’s funds using Afrinvest Limited.

Stakeholders of Concerned Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe Obaseki over ‘unfairly advantageous awarding of Edo State contracts to Afrinvest.

Reacting, Obaseki in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie described the claims as false.

He noted that the allegations were feeble attempt to tarnish his image.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the baseless petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) published in the media on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Obaseki Reacts To Claims Of Diverting State Funds To Afrinvest
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

“In the petition, one Andrew Egboigbe, who is said to be a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 3, Orhionmwon LGA of Edo State, accused Gov. Obaseki of unfair award of contracts to companies.

“The allegation is false and a feeble attempt to tarnish the image of the Edo State Governor.

“Edo, under Gov. Obaseki, prides herself as one of the most transparent states in the management of finances.

“As a matter of fact, Edo has been rated highly by the World Bank and other development institutions for her openness and transparency in the allocation of scarce resources, beginning with the process of making her budget, awards of contracts and release of funds to contractors’’.

Osagie stated that the Edo government understood that during the electioneering times that the state is in currently, such bogus and baseless claims could be sponsored the opposition.

“As we head into the election, our eyes are constantly on the ball and we will not be distracted by such falsehoods.’’

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