June 20, 2024

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I did not demand bribe: Over Relocation of Dangote’s Refinery to Lagos – Mimiko

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo State has denied allegations that he caused the state to lose the $16 billion Dangote refinery plant to Lagos State because he demanded a bribe from Aliko Dangote.


It was gathered that the original plan of the project was to be located at Olokola Free Trade Zone in Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State with all agreement and implementation strategies sorted before it was later moved to Lagos state.


In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communications Mr. John Paul Akinduro, Mimiko denied all allegations, describing it as mischievous and false.


According to him, he never requested any personal favors, cash, kind, or service for the location of the project in Ondo State.


He, however, expressed optimism that one day, the billionaire will share facts as to why the project was relocated to Lagos.


His statement reads “Reports of the often-repeated falsehood about Aliko Dangote opting out of the Olokola FTZ for his refinery project owing to an alleged demand for personal benefit by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has been brought to our notice.


“We state that this lie is reprehensible. That otherwise informed people are repeating the utter falsehood is sad.


“We state for the umpteenth time that Mimiko did not make any personal demand, cash or kind, or receive any personal gratification that led to the location of the factory in Lekki instead of Olokola.”


“Again, this allegation is a blatant lie and we hope that Alhaji Aliko Dangote will, one day, volunteer facts on why he chose Lekki over Olokola.”


Recall that the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, also explained how a disagreement between former governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun and Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, cost the state the $16 billion Dangote refinery.


According to him, he had the privilege to work as the chairman of the Olokola Free Trade Zone that was meant to have the refinery cited in the state, and the project was not just conceived with the aim of refining petroleum products only but to take advantage of the mining lease that had been awarded around the corridor.


Abiodun said, “I worked as chairman of Olokola Free Trade Zone that was meant to have the Dangote refinery cited in Ogun Waterside, however, discussion broke down between Dangote and the then administration which led to the loss of that project to Lagos State; a $16 billion refinery was lost to another state.


“That project was conceived with the aim of not just refining petroleum in Ogun, but also take advantage of the mining lease that had been awarded around that corridor that has even not begun to be exploited.”


Abiodun, however, said his administration is working towards ensuring that the state takes advantage of its oil-rich deposit and becomes an oil-producing state.


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