Additional details have emerged on how the campaign funds of the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was allegedly diverted by Hon. Tunji Ajulo-opin.
It would be recalled that the Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had last week, at the launching of a book titled ‘Otoge’, alleged the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Chairman of the APC in the State, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa among others of mismanaged campaign funds.
Lai Mohammed who was reacting to the allegation at the unveiling and commissioning of the party’s new Secretariat in Ilorin on Saturday, described the allegation as the figment of the Governor’s imagination, stressing that records are available to show how all campaign funds he personally facilitated were utilised.
He said “They said I embezzled the money, whose money did we divert? The Governor spoke and indicted himself that he never financed his own elections. When we had Ajulo election, we gathered #100m to prosecute his bye-election and he money was handed to him (Ajulo).
“Just few days to elections when we needed the money, which I know we only spent about 30m out of it. We called and called Ajulo over and over to give account of the remaining ₦70m, he refused to detail account on how he spent the money up till date.
“All the elections we conducted, Gov. Abdulrazaq never contributed a kobo, I and other leaders ran to family, friends, acquittance and others just to raise money to prosecute the election.
“Ask the Governor how much he gave the party during the election. Where was his campaign office before and after getting the ticket ? He had no single branded campaign vehicle, yet we spearheaded the campaigns and mobilisations.
“I distributed 500 motorcycles, 20 vehicles among others. We paid all the delegates, logistics all these from the money we raised. What did he (the Governor) spend?”, he querried. .
“Vehicles and motorcycles were given to party executives, Senatorial and House of representative candidates among other party stalwarts courtesy of us.”
Denying the allegation via text message sent by journalists, Hon. Abdulraheem Tunji Ajulo-Opin, denied mismanaging any fund, stressing that Alhaji Lai never gave him any money, saying that he has ever gave him any money.