Alleged Stealing: Rantings Can't Undo It, Impeached Ogun Deputy Speaker Replies Oluomo - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Alleged Stealing: Rantings Can't Undo It, Impeached Ogun Deputy Speaker Replies Oluomo

••• As He Expresses Faith In Competence Of The Court To Do The Needful 

          •Kadiri


Many people have said if they were Mr Speaker, they would cover their faces in shame and go on self-exile instead of simulating innocence all over the place. I couldn't agree more. At this point, I advise Mr Speaker to seek forgiveness from God and be honest with himself. Pretensions and perjury can no longer help


 | The Daily Crucible | Saturday, September 10, 2022

Impeached Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA), Hon. Oludare Kadiri on Saturday declared that no amount of rantings by Speaker Olukunle Oluomo could change what is before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in respect of allegations of conspiracy and stealing against him(Oluomo).

Hon. Kadiri who represents Ijebu North 2 State Constituency, also expressed faith in the competence of the judiciary to do the needful over the case.

The Daily Crucible reports that Speaker Oluomo was arraigned on Tuesday before Justice Daniel Osiagor of a federal high court sitting in Lagos  by the EFCC for alleged stealing and was remanded in the custody of the Commission for days.

He left the custody of the EFCC barely 36 hours ago after perfecting his bail terms and afterwards, resumed in his office on Friday amid warm welcome by his colleagues and some Assembly staff.

In a statement issued shortly after his resumption of office,  Kunle Oluomo said he would maintain his innocence and described as "hyperbolic in nature," the petitions written against him by Kadiri, which he claimed was reflected in the charges brought against him(Oluomo) by the EFCC.

But responding, Kadiri claimed the EFCC had carried out its investigation, adding that the rantings of OLuomo won't change anything.

Below is Kadiri's Response in full :

RE: I MAINTAIN MY INNOCENCE, ALLOW COURT TO DECIDE, OGUN SPEAKER REPLIES BLACKMAILERS

I am constrained to respond to a statement credited to the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, to the effect that my petitions are connected to his current prosecution for corruption. Ordinarily, I would not have bothered joining issue with Mr Speaker in order not to prejudice the EFCC charges pending against him before the Court. But since he categorically mentioned my name and linked me with his ordeal, I need to briefly set the record straight. 

I and Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo have come a long way together. We came into the 9th Assembly as ranking members, having been among the few lawmakers that returned from the previous Assembly. There is no gainsaying that I played active role in his emergence as Speaker, believing he would provide effective, accountable and transparent leadership. But, unfortunately, he derailed.

When I realised his compromised direction, I tried my best to caution him. Rather than heed my several genuine warnings, he desperately orchestrated my removal without recourse to due process. However, the rest, as they say, is history. 

Now, on the matter before the Court, I believe the Court will do the needful. I equally hope the case is given a speedy hearing and timely disposed off as Nigerians are eagerly waiting for its outcome. 

Owing to the sensitivity of this case, I would have expected Mr Speaker to keep a low profile after being granted bail. Instead, he made needless imputation about me and started hypocritical advocacy about rule of law as if he indeed believes in its sanctity. Those who sincerely believe in the rule of law will simply honour invitations by law enforcement agencies and will never decline such under any guise.

Some think the good people of Ogun State and other well-meaning Nigerians are as gullible as they erroneously conceived. Well, it's not too difficult to see through lies. If any structure is built on the foundation of lie, it will surely crumble. A Yoruba proverb says: *"Eyan meji o kin padanu iro; ti eni ton ban paa fun o ba mo, eni ton pa mo."* Meaning _two people cannot be casualties of a lie. If the person who is being told the lie does not know, then the person telling the lie knows._  

Truth is like flame, no matter how hard you cover it, it will always come out. It might not be immediate, but it will definitely come out.

Those who breached the law with impunity must understand that they can only run, they can't hide. The anti-graft agency has already established a prima facie case, hence the present prosecution. Rantings cannot change this. 

I don't even know why Mr Speaker is crying over spilt milk. You masterminded my impeachment; took me to court on two charges bordering on libel at the State High Court and Federal High Court which I have been dealing with since last year; deprived me of all my legislative functions and did not allocate any committee to me until two weeks ago; accused me of collecting gratification from transport unions; lied against me before the Awujale over the Bill on Traditional Rulers Installation and Burial Rites and also misinformed Governor Dapo Abiodun that I instigated lawmakers not to participate in the supplementary budget passage. These are just few instances of your devious schemes. 

Many people have said if they were Mr Speaker, they would cover their faces in shame and go.on self-exile instead of simulating innocence all over the place. I couldn't agree more. 

At this point, I advise Mr Speaker to seek forgiveness from God and be honest with himself. Pretensions and perjury can no longer help. 


Signed:
*Rt. Hon. Oludare Kadiri* 
Ijebu North II State Constituency 
10th September, 2022

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