The Oyo State House of Assembly has labelled allegations of fraud in the purchase of official vehicles for members of the House as false and misleading
The state legislature insists that due process was followed in the purchase of the vehicles.
A media report had stated that the money for the vehicles was released without due process.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju, while reacting to a petition allegedly forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by a former prosecutor with the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property, Tosin Ojaomo, said the House could not have executed such a project without following due process.
According to Olayanju, quotations were received from three companies for the supply of the vehicles in line with the House rules and the tender adjudged as the best and most satisfying was picked and awarded the contract to supply the cars.
He stated that there was a glaring element of bias in the petition as the writer claimed that “the contract was fraudulently arranged to favor the contractor instead of Elizade Motors and Mandilas Motors, which also tendered quotations.”
Olayanju maintained that it was inconceivable that the petitioner was making a case for a dealer and suggesting that the contract should have been given to one contractor or the other.
The lawmaker, who also dismissed as mere conjecture the allegation that the Speaker, as well as the Deputy Speaker, connived with the company that got the contract to divert the sum of N1.03bn meant for the official vehicles, stated further that the rumour that refurbished cars were supplied was laughable and unthinkable.