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Fraud allegation against me politically motivated —Ex-Edo commissioner

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By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—MR Dennis Idahosa, who recently resigned his position as the Edo State Commissioner for Investment, Public/Private Partnership and other Related Matters, has denied allegation by the state government that he left the state Executive Council following petitions of alleged fraudulent activities levelled against him by some groups in Nigeria and abroad.

Idahosa recently resigned his position and defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, last week.

The state government, through the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Louis Odion, had said that the state governor had received series of petitions, mostly from overseas, alleging that Mr. Idahosa was engaged in fraudulent activities. The petitioners, purporting to be his victims, alleged that they had been swindled of huge sums of money.

However, Idahosa, who addressed journalists, yesterday, said: “There is no truth in that. I have never been involved in any criminal or fraudulent act in my life both in Nigeria and abroad nor have I been arrested or tried by law enforcement agents within and outside the country.

“Basically, I will say that is Nigerian politics for you and I find it very laughable and I know that you know too that when strange friends are fighting they don’t use sweet words for each other like you have in the case of couples undergoing divorce; they will never say good things about each other. As you can see for yourself, this is my residence where I live, you can see how transparent the whole compound is.”

Asked why he decided to dump APC for the PDP, he said: “There were no serious contending issues that led to my resignation. It was the decision of both myself and my people for us to move from the present government to another platform under the able leadership of our President and Commander-In-Chief, President Goodluck Jonathan.”


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