The rift in the Yoruba Pan African group, the Odua People’s Congress, trended online on Monday, with its National Coordinator, Otunba Gani Adams, denying financial offences levelled against him by some state coordinators.
The coordinators led by Maruf Salami of Kwara State zone, on Sunday, among others alleged that Adams collected N1.6bn from former President Goodluck Jonathan for a pipeline contract just as he allegedly collected $22m from the late Libyan President, Muammar Ghaddafi.
In a statement circulated online, Adams said he never got any money from Ghaddafi.
He said, “All my life, I never set my foot on the soil of Libya, neither did I meet the late Ghaddafi or his agent at any time. Let me state here that when this issue first came up, I took it upon myself to write a petition to the State Security Service, informing agency of the allegation and pleading with it to investigate its source in order to get to the root of the matter. As I speak with you, I am still awaiting the response to my petition.”
On another N9bn he was said to have got from Jonathan, he said it was untrue. According to him, the government could not afford to give out such amount.
Also denying the allegation that he disrespected the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunwade Sijuwade, by not prostrating for him when he visited his palace, the OPC leader added, “They also alleged that I received N1.6bn from the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro. To the best of my knowledge, the last time I saw him was when he accompanied the former President to the National Confab. They need to explain to the world how I got the money and for what purpose it was meant.”
Adams said Salami had been removed from office and that a new coordinator for Kwara would emerge today (Tuesday).