Projects: Constituents report Ogun lawmaker to EFCC

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 . ”

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