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Kwara PDP Name Standing Trial Ex-Commissioner As Spokeperson

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Ex- Kwara commissioner for Information, Prince Tunji Morounfoye, who is facing serial charges of corruption and abuse of office, has been named the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State.

The Ira-born politician replaces the late Tunde Ashaolu who died a few weeks ago.

Moronfoye had previously served as Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, to the former Kwara State Governor Senator Bukola Saraki.

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A sweet talker notorious for mixing up facts, Tunji’s appointment has divided opinions on social media on the basis of his sordid political history and antecedents.

Since 2015, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been prosecuting Moronfoye alongside Ope Saraki, a cousin to former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on charges bordering on abuse of office, diversion of public funds and money laundering.

The duo were re-arraigned on separate charges before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin in November 2021.

The case, which first started on May 13, 2015 before Justice A. O. Faji of the Federal High Court, Ilorin had suffered series of setbacks occasioned by transfer of the trial judges.

Moronfoye while being the Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, is facing arraignment for fraudulent procurement, fraud by means of unlawful influence in the award of two contracts involving renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre and supply of medical equipment to two hospitals in Kwara State. The alleged offence contravenes Section 58(4) and punishable under Section 58(5)(a) and (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

Following their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Sulyman Abaya and Joshua Olatoke, SAN, representing Ope Saraki and Moronfoye begged the court to allow their clients to continue with the terms and conditions of the bail earlier granted them by the court.

Justice Faji had on May 13, 2015 admitted Moronfoye and Saraki to bail in the sum of N50million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must produce “Certificate of Occupancy” of landed property within urban area of Ilorin and must swear to affidavit of means.

The sureties must also produce evidence of tax payment for three years. The accused persons must be reporting to EFCC Head Office, Abuja every three weeks and must notify EFCC whenever they intend to travel.

Justice Sani adjourned to February 16, 2022 for commencement of trial for Saraki and February 22, 2022 for Moronfoye.

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