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News - February 1, 2017

N15m misappropriation: Akindele fires back

Jumoke Akindele

The suspended Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Jumoke Akindele, has denied the allegation that she misappropriated N15 million as alleged by some of her colleagues.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Majority Leader were suspended last Friday for allegedly withdrawing N15 million from the House account without parliamentary approval.

The report stated that 14 of 26 members, including the Speaker, Deputy speaker, and Majority Leader, attended a press briefing where the suspension was made public.

However, in a statement released on Tuesday the erstwhile Speaker said she did not misappropriate N15 million.

“I wish to place it on record that though I am the signatory to the schedule, I am not a signatory to the cheques of the House.

“I did sign the schedule in line with the budget passed by the House so that I do not hold up the business of the House in the likely event that I do not return from my journey early enough.

“Most certainly, I did not speak with the Director of Finance and Administration on the issue of cheques or any other matter at all, and I also did not speak with the Clerk.

“I did not ask the Pay Master, Mr  Makanjuola Adeshina, who was unfortunately brutalised by some of my colleagues  to bring any funds to my House,” she said.

She said she was in Lagos on Friday and received a call that  some  13 members  allegedly  removed the leadership of the House  “on the puerile and baseless claim of fraud or financial impropriety.’’

Akindele explained further that the Pay Master was the lawful custodian of all unspent funds of the House and he was only acting in his official capacity as such.

The suspended speaker further said  the money  in question was  meant for some projects in the House as passed in the budget and approved by the proper authority.

She alleged that some PDP  caucus members seemed more interested in proving their loyalty to the incoming administration in  the state.

“They are actively working hand in hand with their APC counterparts to destabilise what would have been one of the most peaceful transitions ever.

“They are desirous of becoming speaker and deputy speaker at all cost and are therefore playing to the gallery to show they are “disenchanted” with the outgoing governor,” she stated.

Akindele further stated that she was not desperate and was actually set to resign since the emergence of the governor from the North District and the Deputy Governor from the South District. (NAN)

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