Former House of Representative member and Governorship hopeful, Dr Cairo Ojougboh has said that investigators are currently collating evidence against Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the controversial N13.6 billion new Secretariat complex project in Asaba, the Delta state capital, BigPen Online can report.
Ojougboh, who spoke to newsmen in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area shortly after flagging off a “One-man-one-Vote” campaign in the area on Saturday, disclosed that a formal press conference to reveal alleged shady deals about the contract awarded to North China Construction Group Limited (NCCG) would be held next week.
According to him, evidence are already abound that the project is laced with alleged fraud. He alleged that there is a plan by a bank to wire $18million to Governor Okowa’s foreign account as kickback.
“We are giving a full press conference next week. We have agreement signed by the state government and we have the plan by the bank to wire the sum of $18million dollars to the Governor’s personal account abroad and are going to expose and discuss that this new week”, Ojougboh disclosed.
Speaking further, the All Progressive Congress (APC), chieftain in Delta state, said that Okowa has displayed shameful lack of integrity in the award of the project and also in the Asaba Airport project in which he accused the governor of ‘bribing’ some Asaba chiefs to endorse him.
“There is no integrity in him. A man who gathered Asaba Chiefs and went to Asaba Airport….when they left there, they said Asagba-in-council has given Okowa a second term and that he has adopted Okowa. But the council came out to say it was a fraud and that they were ‘bribed’. Is that a man with integrity? No, he declared.
Earlier, Ojougboh told his APC supporters and faithfuls that the ruling Peoples Democratic. Party (PDP) in the state would not be easily sent out packing from the Dennis Osadebe House but can he defeated if APC faithfuls and gladiators unite to fight their common enemy.
“In Delta state here, if anybody comes and tell you that it is going to be very easy to defeat the PDP the person is not saying exactly the true. The reason why I’m telling you that the person is not telling you exact true is that; as we gather here do we have one mind? If we don’t have one mind we cannot…
“Number two reason is that; are we going to allow the PDP people, you know they have a lot of money. If they give some of you money, will you still stand by APC, won’t you say I have taken my own o what’s my business with APC? Even as we are in this meeting, they will come and wanting to buy you over, will you stand firm?
He said that only a united force of all gladiators and party faithfuls plus the forces of the deprived people of Delta state that can oust PDP led government of Okowa and therefore charged APC members to forge a formidable force and stand firm against election rigging come 2019.
He said that the essence of the “One-man-one-Vote” campaign is to raise awareness and stamp out election rigging come 2019.
Ojougboh, however said that the 2019 governorship election for him, is not a “do or die affair” but for the interest of his party APC, he will continue his grassroot structure building and ensure that APC capture Delta state whether he picks the party ticket or not.