2019 polls : I never collected money from Abiodun, Tinubu, others to concede defeat – Gboyega Isiaka
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has described as malicious, rumours that he collected money from notable leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to concede defeat at the 2019 elections.
Isiaka, fondly called GNI, was the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections in the state.
He specifically denied collecting monies from APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as well as the current Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The three-time governorship candidate, who officially joined the APC in January 2020, said the inducement rumours were sponsored by political foes and detractors who are intimidated by his profile and personality.
Isiaka made the clarification while responding to questions during a monitored radio interview program in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
It will be recalled that during the build-up to the election, an alliance between Isiaka and Adekunle Akinlade of Allied People’s Movement (APM) was proposed by leaders from Ogun West in order to boost the senatorial district’s chances of producing a governor for the first time since 1976. Isiaka however rejected the alliance on the basis of principles.
Speculations were thereafter rife that Isiaka who congratulated the then governor-elect, Abiodun may have been induced by APC stalwarts loyal to Abiodun to reject the alliance with Akinlade, the anointed candidate of former Governor, Ibiikunle Amosun.
According to him, “I am reluctant to talk about this again having done so in the aftermath of that election. Those spreading the rumour are people who think money is everything, people with no values, people who want to protect their source of food and deliberately want to tarnish the good name and integrity God has helped us to build over the years”.
He stated further, “They said I collected money from our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osibajo. Some said I collected money from HE Prince Dapo Abiodun for the election. On the contrary, I only ever spoke with Prince Dapo Abiodun just once and any rapport started after I congratulated him.”
“I will use this medium to state again that if this treacherous and wicked people have any evidence that I collected money from anyone directly or by proxy, they should come out and talk; and if otherwise, they and their sponsors should permanently keep quiet and cover thier faces in shame”.
The Chairman, Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone said the detractors’ agenda is also about future political possibilities.
“These things are also because of 2023. I have not decided nor declared any future ambition, yet they are running around”. he noted.
“They know the truth but prefer to concoct lies and falsehood. I leave them in the hands of Almighty Allah who recompenses all men according to the works of their hands”; he added.