Phillip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, has alleged that Yekini Idiaye, the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, collected N40 million from the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to support Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party’s candidate, in the 19 September governorship election.
Shaibu made the claim while addressing supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lampese, Akoko-Edo Local Government area of the state on Tuesday.
Idiaye who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency (I), and Emmanuel Agbaje, the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency (II), had on Sunday pledged their support for Ize-Iyamu.
But Shaibu, who is the running mate of Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent Edo State Governor, accused deputy speaker and Agbaje N40m each from Oshiomhole, the immediate past APC national chairman, to influence their support for Ize-Iyamu.
Shaibu called on the people of Akoko-Edo LGA to ask their representatives at the state’s House of Assembly for their share of the N40m given to each of them by Oshiomhole.
He said: “The Speaker of the EDHA and all the principal officers are supporting the governor while those that left demanded money which he declined because of the love and interest of Edo people.
“Hon Agbaje and Hon. Yekini collected N40m each to throw their support for Ize-Iyamu. Oshiomhole also gave N5m each to councilors to switch loyalty and support the APC candidate.”
But reacting to the claims, the deputy speaker said: “I do not think that one will collect money to remain in his party. You only collect money to defect to other parties.”
All 24 lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly are in the APC.