Ex-Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, has dismissed allegations levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Omisore, who is also a former Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, said this while picking the expression of interest form at the national secretariat of the Social Democratic Party in Abuja on Friday.
The former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party was detained by the EFCC in 2016 for allegedly receiving N1.3bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
However, the former deputy governor told journalists that the EFCC ought to go after the PDP, which provided the funds and not him.
He said, “The EFCC knows what it stands for today. I wasn’t detained because I took money from anybody. It was election money. Election money ought to be from the party. The money referred to by the EFCC was election money and in an ideal country, it ought to go to the party and not the person involved in the election.
“Are you going to collect money from the voters or members of the public? That is why I am confident that nothing will come out of it because the facts are clear and sacrosanct. So, the issue of the EFCC does not arise at all because it was election money and it is a party issue.
“It is not an individual issue and it has been taken too far.”
Omisore berated the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, accusing him of putting the state in intensive care.
The former lawmaker said the debt profile had risen to the extent that the state was almost comatose, adding that it would take 25 years for the state’s debts to be cleared.
In his remarks, a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, said Omisore was a credit to the SDP, adding that the party would not only win in Osun but in the 2019 presidential election.
Gana, who defected from the PDP last year, said Nigerians’ celebration of the SDP’s victory in the June 12, 1993 presidential election in the present day showed that Nigerians had not forgotten the potential of the party.
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