Atiku Campaign: Ex-Kogi Gov Denies Fund Diversion Allegations


Chairman Presidential Campaign Council for Atiku Abubakar 2019 presidential campaign in Kogi state, Chief Clarence Olatunde Olafemi has allegations that the council embezzled campaign funds as unfounded.

Olafemi made this clarification in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.

The former acting governor of Kogi state threatened to institute legal action against people the rumour.

He explained that none of the sub-committee members had access to any other funds apart from the one meant for the senatorial districts in Kogi which was disbursed accordingly in line with the templates attached to it from the headquarters. He added that the three senators were mandated to provide for the security committee.

He wondered where the speculations and insinuation of diversion and embezzlement of campaign funds emanated from, soon after the election to bring to disrepute the highly placed and carefully selected members of the committee.

He said as chairman of the PCC, his integrity was not in doubt, from his days as Speaker of the State House of Assembly and later the state governor, where his transparent conduct was tested and proven beyond reasonable doubt.

“I was speaker of the State Assembly for four years and acting governor of the state and never heard issues with public funds with my colleague in the House. In fact, as the Governor, l left over 400 million naira in the account of the state.

“What accrued to the campaign committee during my stint was only 24 million and was not even enough for the logistics as individuals within the PDP have to support the party to run its programs during the 2019 Presidential Campaign in the three senatorial districts,” he said.

Olafemi exonerated the campaign council of having any dealing with monies meant for the 2019 election, as been allegedly peddled by government of Kogi state.

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