Ex-governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion has refuted claims that he stole the state blind while he was a governor.
In a swift reply to Oshiomole, who had accused Lucky and his billionaire dad, High Chief Gabriel Igbinedion of converting state properties to their family use, Dr. Igbinedion alleged that governor Oshiomole is actually the biggest thief in Edo State.
Denying the allegations of corruption, Igbinedion in a statement by his media aide and signed by him, stated that he has nothing to hide about his tenure and there were documents to back up every of his actions and activities – which he also said is open for public scruitiny.
In his words, “I have made it very clear time without numbers that the files of my tenure are there for everybody who cares to ask to check. I do not intend to dignify Adams Oshiomhole any longer by joining issue with him.”
Continuing, he said, ‘He should explain to the people of Edo State how he spent the federal allocations and internal generated revenues running into trillions naira in seven years.
‘He should tell the people of Edo how much he is paying as land tax for his house in Iyamho worth over N10bn and other properties he has acquired in the last seven years in Dubai, Cape Town in South Africa, in San Francisco, United States of America, a high rise apartment in Atlanta also in America and in London.
‘He is calling everybody a thief but Oshiomhole is the biggest thief in Benin City today. Oshiomhole has failed; the people of Edo State now know him better. Oshiomhole is the least qualified person to talk about corruption in the country today because his actions and programmes in the last seven years in Edo State epitomise corruption.
‘He has called everybody in Nigeria a thief; has called former President Olusegun Obasanjo a thief; called former President Goodluck Jonathan a thief, he called (ex-Minister of Finance,) Ngozi Okojo-Iweala a thief, and others.
‘Yet, he cannot prove his cases. I don’t think he knows the meaning of a thief. He lives in the glass house and throwing stones. President Muhammadu Buhari will soon find out the real Oshiomhole by the time we provide documents against him,’ ex-governor Igbinedion alleged.