Nigerian commissioner under probe for 419 before joining PDP

Nigerian commissioner under probe for 419 before joining PDP

Thursday, February 5, 2015 10:18 pm

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Edo State government has explained the sudden exit of Mr. Dennis Idahosa from the State Executive Council as Commissioner of Investment, Public/Private Partnership.

Idahosa had announced his defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), even while he was yet to resign his ‎appointment as Commissioner under the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

He made public his defection last Saturday during the campaign rally of President Goodluck Jonathan at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin.

He explained that he decided to join the PDP because he could no longer tolerate the abusive languages Governor Oshiomhole has always used on President Goodluck Jonathan and other elders of ‎the PDP. 

But explaining the real reason behind the sudden exit of Idahosa, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion, in a press statement, said the former Commissioner suddenly quit‎ his appointment over “fraudulent activities (popularly called 419).”

The statement read: “We wish to state that in the last two months, the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had received series of petitions, mostly from overseas, alleging that Mr. Idahosa was engaged in fraudulent activities (popularly called 419) on an industrial scale. The petitioners, purporting to be his victims, alleged they had been swindled of huge sums of money.

“Disturbed and consistent with his zero tolerance for corruption or any conduct that might tarnish the image of Edo State or bring the country to international odium for that matter, Comrade Oshiomhole had late year set up a high-level administrative panel to look into the grave allegations discreetly.

“After weeks of forensic investigations, the panel’s findings were startling.

“Last week, Mr. Idahosa became aware that the administrative panel was on the verge of formally requesting him to answer those weighty charges. As a matter of fact, last Thursday (January 29), Mr. Idahosa had attended APC Mega Presidential rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium that was well attended in his capacity as Commissioner. Curiously, he would dramatically reappear barely 24 hours later at the secretariat of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announcing his defection.

“We do not want to join the speculation that Mr. Idahosa’s defection was designed to pre-empt the report of the administrative panel or his action motivated by an external offer of protection. However, in the name of decency and justice and international image of our country, we can only encourage Mr. Idahosa to come out in the open and answer the sundry allegations of 419 leveled against him. Otherwise, the long arms of the law, though may be delayed by his new powerful friends, will ultimately prevail,” the statement said.

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