Saturday 21st January, 2017
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I didn't steal N11bn as Kogi gov, says Audu

I didn't steal N11bn as Kogi gov, says Audu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the November 21 gubernatorial election in Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, has cleared the air on the N11 billion allegedly looted by him when he held sway as governor between 1999 to 2013.

Audu disclosed this on Thursday through his tweeter handle. He said, "When I was in office between 1999 and 2003, we received average monthly allocation of N350 million and about N16.8 billion for the entire 4 years of my tenure.

"With these, we paid all salaries, we built Kogi State University, Obajana Cement Factory (now owned and run by Dangote Cement), Confluence Beach Hotel, Stella Obasanjo Library, Paparanda Square, Government House, Governor's Office, State Secretariat, Banquet Hall, Confluence Stadium and the Lokoja Township Stadium,

"Others are the Federal Medical Centre and we equipped same with 25 state-of-art ambulances, NTA Kogi, Radio Kogi, Kogi Graphics Newspaper, 75 rural electrification projects, the Presidential Lodge, Governor's Lodge, Abuja and inter-state roads,"

The governorship candidate also listed other projects executed by his administration to include Specialist Eye Centre, Commissioner's Quarters, 200 Housing Units, among others.

While stating that he won seven out of the 12 awards instituted by a Federal Government panel to evaluate and reward performance, he said the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), afraid of his soaring popularity began to cook up stories to smear his name.

"When the then ruling People's Democratic Party saw me as a threat, they started instigating Kogites against me, and when the people couldn't buy into that, having known the truth, they orchestrated my arrest, which led to my being dragged before the ICPC, CCB, CCT and EFCC.

"When all that failed, the then PDP led Kogi state government took over and issued a white paper, banning me from politics for 10 years. I proceeded to court, and the court ruled that the Kogi government has no such right to ban me from politics.

"The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has also taken me to 7 courts in total (4 in Kogi and 3 in Abuja). In each of these cases, they'll always

pull out before judgment is passed and go back to frame up new figures; I was first accused of stealing N1.5b, then N4b, then N8b and finally N11 billion. It's also on record that I was the most pursued politician by the EFCC, as the PDP wanted my head at all cost always during elections."