Kayode Sesan | Lagos
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi State Chapter Alhaji Hadi Ametuo has appealed to Kogi State citizens to elect his party’s gubernatorial candidate Prince Abubakar Audu promising that the N11 billion allegedly embezzled by the former governor while in office will be returned to the state.
Ametuo made the appeal while addressing newsmen after the Eid el-Kabir 2015 prayers. He rated Prince Audu Abubakar’s first term in the office more than the current government of Capt. Idris Wada. He said that Prince Abubakar Audu deserves the votes of the people of Kogi state due to his experience and achievements in his first time at the Lugard House.
While responding to questions from the press men regarding Audu’s N11 billion naira EFCC case, he said “Nobody is a saint. No governor can claim he has not done any malpractice or stolen anything during his time in the office, we heard of Saraki case, even Tinubu is being accused of stolen funds but the truth is that Prince Abubakar Audu has pledged to return the money to the Kogi treasury when he gets elected on the November 21st, yes he will return the N11 billion naira or even more than that and that will add to the Kogi economy.”
Prince Abubakar Audu is being prosecuted by the EFCC for misappropriating N11 billion of the states’s funds while he was governor between 1999 and 2003.
The EFCC is prosecuting Prince Audu Abubakar and his co-accused for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to tune of N10,965,837,040 (Ten billion, Nine hundred and Sixty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand and Forty Naira) they were arraigned on March 18, 2013 on a 36-count charge.
Asked if he is aware of the sufferings and deaths the stolen funds has brought to the people of Kogi State, he said, they will not have to suffer any more if they elect Audu on November 21, 2015.
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