Former Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has denied demanding gratification over $16 billion Dangote Refinery.
A statement signed by Mimiko’s Special Assistant on Media and Digital Communications, Mr. John Paul Akinduro:
“Reports of the oft-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 totally 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 Lagos 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 Lagos over Olokola.”
For those who don’t know, the original master plan of the project was birthed at Olokola Free Trade Zone in Ondo State with all agreement and implementation strategies in place before the sudden relocation to Lagos State.