N1bn vehicle scandal: Oyo Assembly followed due process
The Oyo State House of Assembly has described as fictitious and misleading allegations of scam in the purchase of official vehicles for members of the Assembly.
This is just as the State Legislature maintained that necessary due process was followed in the purchase of the said vehicles.
The Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon Kazeem Olayanju while reacting to a petition allegedly forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC by a former Prosecutor with the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property , Tosin Ojaomo said that the House could not have executed such a project without following due process in line with the official procedures.
According to Hon Olayanju, quotations were received from three companies for the supply of the vehicles in line with the House rules , and the tender adjudged as the best and most satisfying was eventually picked and awarded the contract to supply the cars.
He noted that there was a glaring element of bias in the petition as the writer claimed that ” the contract was fraudulently arranged to favor the Contractor instead of Elizade Motors and Mandilas Motors which also tendered quotations. ”
Hon Olayanju maintained that it was inconceivable that the petitioner was making a case for a dealer and suggesting that the contract should have been given to one contractor or the other.
” Why would the petitioner be talking about the interest of one contractor or the other and not the interest of the State and the Legislature?
Oyo Assembly as far as we are concerned followed due process in the purchase of the cars. I can say without mincing words that the petition did not emanate from any of the Lawmakers. It was a calculated attempt by some busy bodies who are seeking to see Oyo State plunged into imaginary crisis.
Some of these paid agents are equally seeking to cause disaffection amongst the Lawmakers when indeed all the cars have been supplied and delivered and are being used by the lawmakers and the staff, ” Olagunju added.
The Chairman House Committee on Information who also dismissed as a mere conjecture the allegation that the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker connived with the company that got the contract to divert the sum of #1.03billion meant for the official vehicles stated further that the rumour that refurbished cars were supplied is incorrect and impossible.