Alleged N170 Fraud : Desperate Political Office Seekers Staging Campaign of Calumny  Against Me –  Ex Ekiti Commissioner cries out 

The immediate past Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Ekiti State, Prof  Rasaki Ojo-Bakare has dismissed allegation of fraud  against him  by some desperate politicians.
The former Dean, Post Graduate School, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, who debunked the allegation in Ado Ekiti, on Friday said the government of Governor Kayode Fayemi only released a sum of N94 million for the 2021 NAFEST.
He therefore said that the claim he embezzled over N170 million while superintending over the Ministry was baseless and unfounded .
Responding to the accusations on social media that he embezzled over N100 million during the 2021 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture hosted by Ekiti .
The allegations also included that the Professor of Dance, defrauded the Ministry over N26 million in the 2022 NAFEST hosted by Lagos State, while also plunged the Ministry into N40 debt being money purportedly expended  on Media during the arts fiesta hosted by Ekiti.
Bakare dispelled the accusation that he and the Ministry’s contingents, who attended the Lagos NAFEST programme 2022, spent over N26 million on hotel, when only N15 million was released by government for the 87-member contingents that represented Ekiti.
The former Commissioner refuted the allegation that the responsibilities  being given to him by Governor Biodun Oyebanji after leaving office connoted that he was planning to scheme a comeback as a commissioner.
” I knew where all.these lies are coming from. There is a particular individual who felt offended when I was appointed Commissioner and he fought ne from my day one in office .Because he thought, he could have been appointed. So,he also felt threatened that governor Oyebanji  had been given me responsibility even after leaving office ” OJO
Bakare, who threatened to petition the Commissioner of Police, Mr Morounkeji Adesina to investigate the purveyors of the “fake news”, charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to investigate the Ministry’s financial books under his reign.
He said: “Recently, I went to Lagos State on the instruction of Governor Oyebanji  to represent Ekiti. He also asked me to represent him at an event organised by Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria in Ekiti.
“Those who are eyeing the Commissionership seat  started fighting me. They became threatened thinking that I wanted to come back , so what they wrote was 100 percent lies.
“I am not running the Ministry as a commissioner. The governor sent me on errands as a professional, which I couldn’t turn down.
“They said I embezzled over N100m as a Commissioner during Ekiti NAFEST, even when the entire budget for that event was N94 million. The same event Lagos State hosted with over N2bn. My personal fund went into Ekiti NAFEST.
“They said I am still collecting money for some Media Houses that the Ministry owed N40m during NAFEST. In case they didn’t know, the National Council for Arts and Culture was responsible for the funding for publicity, my office only supported with a token  .
“In the Lagos NAFEST that we attended, we didn’t owe any hotel in Lagos, the entire contingents in Ekiti were  camped at a faith-based centre  in Gbagada . 87 people represented Ekiti and the money budgeted for them was just N15m, no case of N26m hotel accommodation debt”.
Bakare, denied being high-handed or acting as a “tyrant” as a Commissioner, said he didn’t take away any vehicle belonging  to the Ministry after leaving office on October 14, 2022.Alleged

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  1. The allegations against Professor Bakare is a wicked attempt to besmirch his character, force him out of reckoning and deny Ekiti Arts, Culture and Tourism sector his continued contributions which have helped to project the State and position the sector into global recognition. It is all fabrications by jealous and desperate political office seekers. The public is advised to ignore this because Bakare is a workaholic patriot. He might offend anyone in the course of doing the right things. That he accepted to be Commissioner in the State was even a surprise to many of us who know him so well and know how sought-after he is.

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