Yekini Nabena

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission to investigate the alleged financial impropriety and fund mismanagement rocking the ruling party.

Nabena’s call follows accusations and counter-accusations between the party’s National Vice Chairman (North-West), Mallam Salihu Lukman, and the party National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, over Omisore’s role in the party’s defeat in the Osun State governorship election.

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In an exclusive interview with our correspondent, the former APC deputy spokesman said, “I will appeal that the excos be dissolved because none of them deserve to be retained.

“They have failed in every area, including mismanagement of the fund, especially those that came in from the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms.

“Let them give an account and tell APC members and stakeholders what they did with the money. The whole NWC has lost focus and integrity. The national chairman, especially, has lost every form of respect from the party.

“Let them account for the money they collected from the aspirants including the one the President asked (Abdullahi) Adamu to refund to the aspirants.

“One thing we should also note is that this NWC was built on the wrong foundation. Let Adamu resign and let the EFCC come and investigate the party.”

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Efforts to get a reaction from the national chairman of the APC proved abortive. As of the time of filing this story, Adamu could not be reached on his mobile line while the National Publicity of the APC, Felix Morka, said he would call our correspondent back but had yet to do.

The APC candidate and the sitting governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, lost the election to the Senator Ademola Adeleke of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Although the loss was attributed to several factors, including the paucity of funds and how the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, allegedly worked against the APC ticket.

But Lukman expressed strong conviction that Omisore contributed to the outrageous results and loss of the Osun election owing to the alleged mismanagement of the campaign funds amid the rumoured animosity among party leaders in the state.

Speaking during a political programme on African Independent Television on Tuesday, he appealed to the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to take internal reform of the ruling party as a priority when he is sworn in.

But while denying the allegation and describing it as libelous, Omisore, in a letter through his lawyer, demanded N500m as damages, a retraction of the story, and an unreserved apology from Lukman in two major newspapers.

The letter read in part, “Our client has consequently directed us to request for a retraction of your libelous statement and publication and an apology to be published in two major newspapers and several online news outlets not later than 48 hours of the delivery of this letter and also the payment of the sum of N500m as damages for malicious statement against our client.”

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