I rejected $5m bribe from Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 – Hamzat
The Lagos state deputy governorship candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has said he rejected alleged bribe of $5 million from former president Goodluck Jonathan during the electioneering campaign in 2015.
The disclosure was made on Friday, December 28, at the launch of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat Advocates held at Fidimaye Hall, Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba area of Lagos state, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that Hamzat, who contested the governorship ticket of APC with the incumbent governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, said he refused the alleged bribe because he was thinking about the future and did not want to ruin his reputation.
He said: “I contested with the current Governor, Akinwumi Ambode for the Governorship ticket of the party and as we all know how it went, the then President Goodluck Jonathan offered me bribe of $5miillion and I refused it.
“Some of you here are my witness, I mean some of you that were sent, are here to testify. I refused because I was thinking about the future and I don’t want to spoil my name. Let us remain calm, our turn will come.
“Our work as Nigerians is simple and our campaign will be very easy because PDP destroyed this country for 16 years. They spent N1.7trillion on power for 16 years and they were unable to give the country just 2,950 megawatts.”
He said the opposition party had destroyed the country, adding that from 1999 to 2015, federal government did not finish any road project except the Lagos-Abeokuta road. According to him, the Buhari-led administration inherited 206 road projects that were incomplete. He said 84 of these roads had been completed in three years.
He added: “In 1999, when Asiwaju became Governor, Lagos State was a pariah state, it could only generate N600million monthly and the salary of civil servants was N1.2billion and they have to borrow to pay salaries but today the state is generating close to N35billion monthly.
“Our party (APC) will make Nigeria great, the party is making Lagos a better place and is poised to do more to make Lagos progress to the next level.”
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