Four members of Abeokuta North, Obafemi – Owode and Odeda Federal Constituency in Ogun State have dragged a member of House of Representatives in the area ,
Mikhail Kazzem, before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged misappropriation of constituency project funds .
The petitioners , Johnson Akin -Soyinka from Odeda ; Olu Ayinde from Abeokuta – North Local Government ; Wale Atanda from Obafemi – Owode Local Government ; and Funmi Akinwale from Abeokuta North Local Government jointly signed the petition addressed to the zonal head of the commission in Lagos .
In the petition which was obtained by SUNDAY PUNCH, the petitioners alleged that Kazzem had been “ diverting monetary and material budgetary allocations to the constituency to his personal use . ”
They further stated that members of the constituency had not benefited from the constituency projects captured in the 2016 , 2017 and 2018 budgets.
They called on the EFCC to probe the projects allocated to the constituency in the past three years.
The petition read in part, “ We therefore call on you to use your good offices to investigate the projects captured in 2016 , 2017 and 2018 appropriation for the constituency but were never delivered to the constituency while money was released for same . ”
But the member of House of Representatives described the allegations as false , asking the petitioners to crosscheck the information in the ministry in charge of constituency projects .
He said , “ All these allegations are false and not true . The petitioners need to go back and check from the ministry if 100 per cent of these funds were released .
“ Ask them how much was released .
After that, they need to ask for the contractors who carried out the projects . The petitioners also need to come to the constituency and ask from the people if the projects were executed.
“ If you are conversant with the MDAs , these days you hardly see them allocating 70 per cent to lawmakers . These projects were executed in my constituency , even with the low funding.
“We went to schools in my constituency ; they were given educational materials , including bags and others.
“ With this , they can ’ t get me . They need more materials and do a lot of findings if truly they want to nail me . ”
When asked if the EFCC had contacted him on the allegation , he said he had yet to get any invitation .
He said , “ The EFCC will not jump on you overnight over a petition or letter ; they will do their findings and confirm if the letter is false or true.
“ The EFCC is a reputable institution that knows what to do . I am not here to be threatened by anybody or institution when I have done nothing wrong . The EFCC has not contacted me .
“ EFCC officials are not cowboys . They would do their findings , look at the letter you have with you that was signed by the three people who claimed to be from my constituency .
“ Those people that claimed to come from my constituency might be offshore constituents who live in Lagos and claimed to come from Ogun State.
“ My genuine constituents that are based in my constituency are enough to correct all the allegations because they know this is not Hon Micky Kazzim you are talking about . ”