The Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin has mentioned the Assembly has nothing to cover relating to the petition forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by a former Prosecutor with the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property, Tosin Ojaomo over the N1bn automobile contract awarded by the House.
The Speaker, whereas reacting to the invitation prolonged to some officers of the Assembly by the EFCC final week over the contract, mentioned the anti-graft company was solely doing its job.
Ogundoyin mentioned it was not misplaced for the officers of the EFCC to query the management of the House on this regard.
“It was true that the EFCC invited the Clerk but her Deputy stood in for her, the Director of Administration and Supplies and the Director of Finance and Accounts last Thursday and they responded accordingly. To me, this is in continuation of their investigation on the petition.
“We are totally cooperating with the anti-graft Agency and we’ll by no means hinder, disturb nor undermine the work of the fee. The ninth Oyo Assembly handed the Anti-graft Agency Bill and this led to the company being domiciled within the state.
“I am ready to visit the EFCC if invited. As the Speaker, I will surely answer any question relating to the contract. We followed due process in the purchase of the vehicles in line with the laid down procedures. We have since taken the petition in good faith. The petition is a strength to democracy. It is not strange to us as democrats who take transparency and accountability as our watchwords. We were transparent and we will continue to be,” the Speaker mentioned
According to him, quotations had been obtained from three firms for the provision of the automobiles and probably the most satisfying amongst them was awarded the contract.
He careworn that the House will stay centered, undaunted and undistracted regardless of the smear marketing campaign embarked upon by some parts inside and out of doors the House of Assembly.
“Let me say that among the Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, Oyo State House of Assembly spent the lowest amount on purchasing cars for its members despite our large number.
“The automobiles provided had been of excellent high quality and they’re being loved by our lawmakers. This entire factor is giving me extra drive and can. We is not going to relent till our folks take pleasure in good governance. At the House, we’ll make extra legal guidelines that can extra direct influence on the folks of the state,” he mentioned.