By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Oyo State Secretary of Accord party, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, has laid the blame for the recent invitation of the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Adeolu Adeleke, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on the door step of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
He said this in Ibadan at the weekend while speaking with the Western Post.
According to him, the leadership of the party, had it on good authority that the state governor was the brain behind the invitation of the former Speaker during the administration of Senator Rasheed Ladoja, by the anti-graft agency, and that, there was no doubt about it.
He, however, expressed surprise that the governor could go to that extent in blackmailing the former Speaker, stating that politics should not be about destroying the opponent but rather serving the people.
But in a swift reaction, the state Secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC, Hon. Mojeed Olaoya, denied the accusation, saying it was unfortunate that the opposition could think along that line.
According to him, there is nothing to link the governor with the invitation of the former Speaker by the EFCC, stating that anybody peddling such rumour needed to re-examine himself.
Olaoya wondered how a right thinking person would reason along that way, saying anybody who has skeleton in his or her cupboard should be expecting that, someday, somebody would question him on his activities.
It will be recalled that the former Speaker and 31 other lawmakers who were in the state sixth Assembly were recently invited for questioning by the EFCC, over their involvement in about N1.5b alleged to be missing from state cover between 2003 and 2007..