Facts have emerged over the alleged plan of the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to install Hon. Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade as the next governor of the state despite the opposition against the move.
It will be recalled that governor Amosun unilaterally picked Akinlade and his deputy alongside 38 other candidates against the rule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the tenets of democracy.
Investigations revealed that the reasons Amosun preferred Akinlade was the same reasons he chose the disgraced former minister for finance, Kemi Adeosun as the candidate of Ogun State for the nation’s federal cabinet.
Prior to the tenure of Kemi Adeosun as commissioner, Amosun reportedly supervised the procurement of the exemption certificate for Kemi and two other members of his cabinet, making Kemi believe that she was entitled to exemption.
It was gathered that Kemi Adeosun and Governor Amosun began to have trouble with each other when she stood against defrauding the Federal Government over projects done in Ogun State on behalf of the FG by Amosun and many other deals.
Reports indicated that he decided to work against the lady by blackmailing her with the fake NYSC exemption certificate.
“Kemi knew this being an insider in Ogun State government since she was the commissioner of finance.
“Amosun recommended her because he was sure she would do his bidding and make sure top retired Ogun state government staff went with her to Abuja.
With the success of the Kemi Adeosun treatment, the governor decided to settle for Akinlade, who was allegedly convicted at Isleworth Crown Court on 2nd May, 2017 of being knowingly concerned in a fraudulent evasion of the prohibition on the importation of goods contrary to Section 170(2)(b) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. He was reportedly sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment,” said a source.
We gathered that Akinlade was stopped at London Heathrow Airport as he returned on a flight from Nigeria.
It was also alleged that the handles of his suitcases were found to contain 1.099kg of 100% pure cocaine with a street value of £174,000.
There was an allegation that he was refused leave to appeal in 2007, and that he applied to the Commission for a review of his conviction in 2010 before escaping to Nigeria.
“Mr Akinlade was represented by Corenna Platt at Stephensons Solicitors, 10 – 14 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NN. The press release was issued by Justin Hawkins, Head of Communication, Criminal Cases Review Commission, on 0121 633 1806.
“While serving as SSA at the Ogun internal revenue service under Amosun, Akinlade was removed having been found guilty of committing massive fraud and was sent from IRS to Women Affairs ministry,” our source added.
Sources revealed that with all these facts, Governor Ibikunle Amosun believed if he settled for Akinlade and control the state assembly, it will be easy for him to blackmail Akinlade when he becomes the governor and control him to do his bidding.
However, with the situation of things at present it appears Amosun’s plan will not materialise as the leadership of the party, both at the state and national levels, are insisting that the governorship primary election of the party was won by Mr. Dapo Abiodun and not Akinlade that is being sponsored by the Governor.
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