Kwara: Association suspends President for alleged fraud

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Association of Kwara state Indigenous Contractors and Suppliers in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended its President, Alhaji Mashood Atanda Aogoro, for alleged offences bordering on financial improprieties.

Also suspended are the Vice President, Alhaja Bola Geri Alimi and the Secretary, Lukman Abimbola.

Briefing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, on Thursday, the Chairman of the Elders Council, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Agbaji, urged the trio to henceforth stop parading themselves as executive members of the Association pending when all allegations levelled against them are resolved and they are cleared.

In particular, Alhaji Aigoro was accused of running the association as his personal fiefdom, without recourse to other members.

Elders Council Chairman said: “All the comtributions made by members have no records, the records are only known by him, his vice and secretary.

“More than two years aftee the Association was formed, the Association has no bank accounts.”

Besides, Alhaji Aigoro was accused of alleged extortion of money from members under alleged false pretence to give them contract awards, adding that this is giving bad name, not only to the state government but also other officers who were not privy to all his alleged shady deeds. All these, they said, are aside alleged fraudulent levy on members allegedly not accounts for.

In Aigoro’s place, Mr. Abiola Adegoke was elected Caretaker Chairman, alongside ten other members.

The Association commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his faith in the indigenous contractors, particularly for the awards of no fewer than 64 motorised boreholes worth .millions of Naira to members of the association, adding that all the contracts executed of the association were given a clean bill of health by the state government.

The association pledged its unalloyed support to the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq, while pleading for more patronage from government.

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