A state executive refuses to not see lapses in judgment then reverts to spin the truth. Only in Nigeria Excerpts from ThisDay (Agagu blasts Elumelu over power probe report):
More controversies continue to trail the House of Representatives Committee report on the Power Sector Probe as one of those indicted, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Agagu, has faulted the report, saying the committee’s chairman, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, played to the gallery.
He also said Elumelu-led committee ignored all the necessary documentary evidence presented by him and deliberately went ahead to indict him.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Chief Femi Agagu, who said he was mandated to speak on behalf of the governor said: “The panel got it wrong because it failed to take into consideration all documentary evidence that we placed before it, all attesting to the fact that all the contractors who took up jobs were dully registered with the CAC.
“From what we have read in the newspapers, the panel did not say that Agagu perpetrated fraud during his tenure as Minister of Power and Steel. It only concluded erroneously that the governor awarded contracts to unregistered contractors.
“If the Committee had had it in mind to do a thorough job and was not interested in playing politics, it would have verified all the claims made by the governor with the Federal Government, after all documents do not lie.
“We thought that with the explanations the governor gave the Committee members even when they visited him in Akure, Nigeria would eventually be treated to an unbiased report from its investigations. We were wrong.
“The committee got so desperate after failing to establish its initial suspicion against the governor and so decided to just find a fault with someone to give an impression that it had caught somebody at least. We see this as playing to the gallery and this is not good for our democracy.”