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Adebutu did not buy votes, the ATM cards were given to people after his mother burial- Orekoya



According to a news that was published by the Premium Times paper online this morning, it was reported that a top Nigerian politician, Ladi Adebutu, who claimed last week that he had fled Nigeria over threats to his life, has been indicted by the Nigeria Police Force for money laundering, and vote-buying during the last gubernatorial election in Ogun State.

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It was reported that Adebutu, approached a branch of Zenith Bank and ordered them to produce 200,000 ATM cards and load each with the sum of N10,000, summing up to N2bn, as the ATM cards were delivered to him on the 17th of March, which was a day to the gubernatorial election in Ogun State.

However, while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES correspondents, on Sunday, Mr Adebutu’s spokesperson, Mr Orekoya, said that neither the governorship candidate nor his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was involved in voter inducement at the election.

He said that the said cards the police investigated, were issued for the empowerment of poor people in Ogun State and not for vote-buying, as he that the cards had been in circulation since the final burial ceremony of the funeral of Adebutu’s mother in January.

Mr Orekoya’s claim here contradicts the narrative by Mr Adebutu’s bank which said he ordered the cards days before the governorship elections.

He said, “Adebutu did not buy votes, the ATM cards were given to people after his mother’s burial. It was the All Progressives Congress that bought votes and now they are crying foul to confuse the public. We have taken the facts of the elections before the judiciary. Till now, the police is yet to inform Adebutu of its interim findings. The entire case is a ploy to stop Mr Adebutu from pursuing his petition at the election Tribunal.”

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