Edo PDP accuses ACN officials of N320m fraud
EDO State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday alleged that N320million belonging to the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) was shared by five senior officials of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The party said the allegation caused Governor Adams Oshiomhole to sack the former Commissioner for Secondary, Technical and Higher Education, Mr. Ekpenisi Omoriotiomwan from office. State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih disclosed this while addressing leaders of the party at the residence of the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih yesterday in Benin.
But in a swift reaction, State Chairman of the ACN, Mr. Thomas Okosun challenged the PDP to name those involved in the alleged sharing, saying “they should have the courage to name names especially all those who were involved in the sharing of the money and how much each got so that we will know”. Reacting in the same vein, State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Mr. Dan Owegie simply described the allegation as “a tissue of lies, a false rumour and unfounded allegation, which cannot be substantiated” According to Chief Orbih “there was an N600million scandal at the State Ministry of Education.
The Federal Government paid the money into the salary account. After salaries were paid, the balance N320 million was transferred into a project account. That money was shared among five senior leaders of the ACN in this state. We challenged the governor to give reasons for the dissolution of SUBEB and sacking of the commissioner”. “This money cannot be explained by any officials of the state government. He should take responsibility for the disappearance of N320 million from the SUBEB account. The whereabouts of this money could not be accounted for by the state government, ” he alleged.