- APC'sguber candidate in Edo, Ize-Iyamu is facing a N700 million money laundering charge preferred against him by the EFCC
- Ize-Iyamu will reportedly appear in court alongside four others on Thursday, July 2
- The APC governorship candidate was accused of using the money to fund the 2015 general elections when he was still a PDP member
There is anxiety in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state as the party's governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is set to appear in court on Thursday, July 2, over alleged corruption.
The Guardian reports that Ize-Iyamu is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering to the tune of N700 million.
Legit.ng gathers that the money was allegedly used to fund the 2015 general elections when Ize-Iyamu was still in the opposition PDP.
Ize-Iyamu is standing trial alongside four others at the Federal High Court, Benin City.
The anti-graft agency, in the suit marked FHC/BE21C/ 2016, said the gubernatorial hopeful and the other accused allegedly collected the public funds for the polls, contrary to the provisions of the EFCC Act and the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ize-Iyamu condemned the reported non-payment of three months allowance due to the Edo state COVID-19 mobile screening team.
The team reportedly staged a protest on Tuesday, June 30 in Benin, lamenting that the state government failed to pay their allowances for three successive months and dismissed them without settlement of outstanding bills.
Ize-Iyamu described the actions of the Edo state government towards the team as “callous, inhumane, and unacceptable.”
In a statement signed by the spokesman of his campaign organization, John Mayaki, Pastor Ize-Iyamu demanded immediate payment of the allowances alongside a public statement of apology by the state government to the team.
He also reassured the screening team of his solidarity and support to ensure that all their demands are met without any retributive actions.
Ize-Iyamu will be slugging it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki and others at the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.
In another report, the APC has mapped out plans to restore peace in the ruling party to enable it to win the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states as well as the 2023 general elections.
The chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state said the party will embark on a nationwide reconciliation to restore peace and cohesion among its members.
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