Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Billion Naira deal that supposedly took Gov Ambode and Tinubu apart

Most of the Lagosians were shocked when, in early 2014, the Oba de Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, retired Deputy Inspector General of the police, declared that Akinwumi Ambode, certified sworn accountant of Epe, would succeed the then governor of the state, Mr. Babatunde Raji. Fashola, SAN

In July 2014, he formally informed Fashola of his intention to support Ambode in the presence of Oba Akinolu. It is said that the silent Fashola, according to reliable sources, left the meeting without saying a word.

From its opening day until a few weeks ago, Ambode, like Fashola, follows the instructions of each development policy of Tinubu. The 40 members of the state executive council were personally chosen by Tinubu and handed over to Ambode to swear. The 57 council presidents, the members of the council of commissions and parastatals, including the secretaries and permanent directors, were appointed by Tinubu to Ambode.

All the important contracts approved by the state executive council were drafted by consultants who work for Tinubu through Ambode to sign. It is alleged that no road is awarded in the state of Lagos without the blessing of Tinubu.

times without number, the governor emeritus with his house located at 1, Bourdillion Road, Ikoyi, had canceled several contracts granted by Ambode without his blessing among them is the acquisition of an OB VAN worth N1.5billion and cameras worth N900million for the state of Lagos Television, LTV aimed at improving its services and coverage.

However, when Tinubu received the hint of the contract through a top manager in LTV (hidden name), it was said that he had called Ambode to suspend the contract and ask for additional instructions, but Ambode, backed by a conspirator led by his Information and Strategy Commissioner, Steve Ayorinde, now in charge of the Ministry of Art and Tourism, urged the governor to ignore Tinubu, a decision he (Ambode) made and proceeded to award the contract against the instruction of his godfather

As a regular African godfather, Tinubu was not pleased that his request was rejected, but he ignored the contract he had thought would be executed by a man from Ondo who served him when he was governor.

However, months later and two years after the award of the contract, the OB VAN still was not delivered while the cameras, although they were delivered, fell below expectations and failed the integrity tests of the quality control and guarantee

The contractor, a Lebanese contracted to supply the OB VAN for the Cabal led by Steve Ayorinde of the information unit of the state government, according to reliable sources, received an initial payment of 50% to buy OB VAN, cameras and other devices from a firm British It is called Excellence Transmission Inc Limited based in Manchester, United Kingdom, with an agreement to complete the payment within six months after the payment of the first installment

It was expected that the OB VAN, in accordance with the agreement document signed between Excellence Transmission Inc Limited and LTV, would be released once the Lagos State Government completed the payment. Of two thousand million four hundred Naira (N2.4 billion), a sum of one billion, two hundred million naira (N1.2 billion) which was 50% of the sum of the contract was released by order of Ambode

However, although 50% of the cameras were launched, the OB VAN was not released until full payment was made as agreed. Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the cameras, at the time of delivery, were deficient and were below the standard, which contradicts the sole purpose with which the cameras were purchased.

It was said that the existing cameras of the station were of higher quality than those supplied from England. It was said that two directors of the station, backed by Tinubu, refused to sign the due process document confirming that the cameras were delivered as agreed in the contract document

The refusal of these two LTV Directors, whose name was hidden by this writer, would have angered the governor who ordered his transfer out of LTV. The new directors were sent to LTV to sign the due process document for the cameras that are currently rusting at the station located along the Agindigbi road, Ikeja.

Three months after the resumption of the two directors published to cover LTV fraud, another group of senior officials jointly wrote a memorandum to Steve Ayorinde, requesting the place of the remaining chambers and when the OB VAN would be delivered.

Ayorinde, according to the experts, hastened to show the governor the memorandum containing some comments that read: "Sir, the rest of the cameras should have been delivered two months ago with our OB VAN but despite several letters written, there is no response from Mr. Delkash Farez, the Lebanese hired by his office to buy the devices on behalf of our station, "says a paragraph in the memorandum of five senior LTV officials seen by this writer to Ayorinde.

"What brazenness!" Ambode said while reading the memo, wondering who had given the LTV staff the memorandum editor the audacity to question his action. But after an investigation of Ambode, it was said that the LTV staff enjoyed the support of Tinubu, which caused the governor to transfer them back out of the station.

When the tonalities refused to disappear because the rumors against Ayorinde led to the clique continuing as an ocean wave within Alausa, Governor Ambode relocated his image maker to the Ministry of Art and Tourism. As expected, the riot about the OB VAN and the camera contract scam reduced but did not go out as the Governor had predicted.

A 1.2 trillion N2.4 billion deposit was paid to Delkash Farez, a Lebanese to acquire an OB VAN, 25 cameras and other transmission devices for Lagos Television from Excellence Transmission Inc Limited based in Manchester, United Kingdom. However, although cameras and transmission equipment were supplied that are not worth more than N50millones, the OB VAN, more than two years after the 50% deposit was made, has not been delivered.

More than a billion naira of taxpayers' money went down the drain, they asked Tinubu, but the interest of the masses may not be the cause of Tinubu's anger if it were not for the fact that the contract was awarded. against his wish, OB VAN was not supplied and low quality cameras were delivered.

Acting on a request secretly sent by some LTV staff members recently, Tinubu told Ambode to explain the situation of the OB VAN he had planned to use on his private station owned by (Tinubu), Continental Television (TVC). for the LIVE broadcast of political rallies for commercial purposes before the 2019 general elections.

It was said that an angry Tinubu, without saying a word, had listed several errors and steps that Ambode had taken to undermine his authority, such as the termination of the garbage collector's contract to the party bosses to hire the VisionScape Concept obviously ineffective to the LTV contract swindle. Tinubu warned the governor to provide the OB VAN by July 2018 or to forget his second term ambition for 2019.

Ambode, in his response to Tinubu, explained that the Lebanese hired to represent LTV before the British company manufactured the OB VAN has disappeared and all efforts made so far in the Lebanese Embassy in Lagos and Abuja to locate it have been impossible, an excuse that failed to convince Tinubu.

Ambode, following the advice of his group of experts led by Ayorinde, in a move to outwit his godfather, concluded to push Tinubu to the defense, hence the recent request written by a former ally of Tinubu, Mr. Tunji Apara The Economic Committee and the Financial Crimes Commission on the activities of a tax advisory firm, Alpha Beta, said it was owned by the former Lagos state governor in the state since 2003.

However, the refutation of Ambode, this writer brought together from very reliable sources that the governor and his boys deliberately designed the OB VAN to fail. The Lebanese were instructed by Steve Ayorinde to disappear from Nigeria until the dust was fixed.

According to the contract document between LTV and Excellence Transmission Inc Limited, the payment must be completed within six months, it fails that the company would receive offers from other interested buyers.

And 15 months after the government released 50% of the payment (65% more than the value price) and the money was transferred to the United Kingdom, LTV did not pay the balance.

However, a check in the 2017 allocation of the Lagos state showed that the balance of the OB VAN whose initial deposit was captured in the 2016 budget, has been released clandestinely without following the due process. And to cover up the fraud, 11 LTV employees have been reassigned or removed from the Lagos state government service.

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