Osogbo road contract: I stand by my revelation–Raji

Determined to protect his integrity in face of the current political intrigue, the Special Adviser to Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke on Political Matter, Alhaji Muniru Raji has declared his insistence on his claim over former Osun State Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Adeleke.

The outspoken Raji, who had earlier made a revelation that didn’t go down well with Adeleke, stood his ground that the politician, otherwise called Banik, was awarded a contract during the seven-year tenure of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in the state.

Adeleke, however, denied the allegation and submitted a petition to the Osun State Police Command through the Adeoye Galadima and associate.

“The accusation was untrue, false and unfounded, as he, either as an individual or through the company, never received contract without execution and ran away with the money,” the petition, signed by Barrister Muhydeen Adeoye, stated in part.

While the petition acknowledged and referred to Adeleke as former CEO of Banik Investment Company, it, however,  dissociated him from the alleged contract.

Police accordingly invited Raji, even though TheTabloid.net gathered no record that he had been arrested, contrary to a certain syndicated report.

Rising from the episode and its aftermath, the special adviser said his claim, which he expressed on an Osogbo-based radio station in April, had a back up in volumes of evidence available to him.

“I would not have said what I said if I was not sure of what I said. I was in that government as a special assistant to know what and who. Oga Oyinlola ran a simple government that enabled me know what was going on. If the opposition now go to social media with lies and blackmail, we are here to expose them to public because Osun people deserve to know the truth,” he said.

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Raji repeated that Adeleke allegedly abandoned the rehabilitation of Igbona Market–Agowande–Oke Oniti ring road in Osogbo metropolis, having been awarded the contract in the name of Toniade Construction Company, a Division of Banik Investment Company Limited.

He explained, “For him to have denied this history means he has forgotten that government, through relevant ministries, would always keep records of contracts awarded, executed and abandoned for a purpose like this.

“He should come and deny his Toniade Construction Company, which is identified as a division of Banik Investment Company Limited. He should come and say he was not a director of the company. He should also come and deny his connection with the payments for the contract.”

Raji admonished politicians, public office holders and government contractors to always think of future during their terms, saying that nothing lasts forever.

“Government is soldier goes, soldier comes but the barrack remains. Our performance in the office will wait for us in the future. That is what is playing out now,” he tutored.

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