From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja
FORMER chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore yesterday claimed that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are split over the allegation of graft against him.
Omisore is alleged to have collected N1.3 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). He is currently in court with the EFCC over the matter.
In a statement yesterday, the former Osun State deputy governor and PDP governorship candidate in Osun in the last election, said: “EFCC operatives are in disagreement with their political APC godfathers. That is one of the reasons for dodging court summons as I exposed on AIT on Thursday. Nigerians are hereby alerted by the killer democracy, abuse of human rights and utter disrespect for the rule of law by the Buhari administration on illegal arrests, backdoor detention warrants and tyranny! I want to assure Nigerians, especially suffering Osun masses that I won’t abandon them even in the face of persecution! I didn’t take money from Dasuki! Let my peace be! Go search for crooks, election riggers and government money embezzlers in your party.”
He insisted that he did not stash a whopping sum of N1.3 billion, being money collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, in his bank account, dismissing the rumours making rounds as sheer blackmail.
He claimed that the anti-graft body had been using falsehood to harass him, stressing that was evident in the way the latter had said he at one time took N700m and later changed the figure to N1.3billion.
The PDP chieftain accused the EFCC of dodging court summons in the suit he filed against it, an indication, he said, that the body was not bold enough to stand up to its claims.
Omisore said: “EFCC won’t stop at any height to blackmail the opposition. My AIT (African Independent Television) programme has attracted another falsehood to harass me! Only yesterday morning, I accused EFCC of dodging court summons! I didn’t collect any money from ONSA. I have not had any dealings with the ONSA. Last time, it was N700 million, today it’s N1.3billion.”