- The CCB said verification has begun over Governor Seyi Makinde's assets declaration
- The Oyo governor had publicly declared N48 billion assets
- The bureau said the verification might take a long time due to technicalities
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has started verification of the asset declaration submitted by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state.
The Oyo governor had publicly declared N48 billion assets and submitted to the bureau.
The Nation reports that Bisi Atolagbe who is the CCB director in Oyo state revealed this during a meeting with southwest state directors.
At the period of the governor’s declaration of his assets, Atolagbe had revealed that the CCB forwarded same to its headquarters awaiting directive to start verification. He confirmed that the verification had now started but that the process might take a long time as it involves technicalities.
He said: “Work has started in the verification of the content of declaration submitted by Governor Makinde. At the right time, the report will be available. It is not about noise making, but technically doing the work to ascertain the assets declared. However, I must point out that the process is not a public exercise. The governor has not committed any crime by declaring his assets. It is just to ascertain what he has declared, to check if they are not anticipatory. I can assure you that a thorough job is being done, without being stampeded. We are not in a hurry over it because we are not doing it just to be seen. It will take a while to be completed.”
He said former governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo state), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos state) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun state) and their deputies declared their assets within the stipulated period.
He said: “Our governors in the Southwest have shown good examples in compliance. They have done what the constitution requires them to do before and after occupying office. Since the governors and their deputies showed good examples, almost all state lawmakers and appointees have also complied.”
Recall that Governor Makinde of Oyo state on Monday, July 15, made public his campaign promise to publicly declare his assets.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the governor, who visited the state office of the CCB in Ibadan to receive a copy of the asset declaration form, said that his decision to make the assets public was in fulfillment of a personal promise he made during the elections.
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