By Toby Prince
Ex-Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has reacted to the findings by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) which claimed it recovered hospital equipment meant for constituency project on the premises of Mma Obot Foundation.
The Mma Obot Foundation is allegedly owned by the ex-lawmaker.
In a statement by Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC’s spokesperson, the commission said the items were recovered during its ongoing tracking of constituency projects around the country.
“The on-going tracking of constituency projects by the ICPC and its partners through the Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG) initiative has yielded yet another significant result with the recovery of six tractors meant for the use of farmers in six local government areas of Bauchi Central Senatorial District,” the statement read.
“It has so far led to multiple recoveries of items, hospital equipment, vehicles and funds.
“Among the recoveries so far made by the CPTG team are dialysis machine, ECG monitor, oxygen regulator, anaesthetic machines, generators and other hospital equipment meant for a cottage hospital in Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, from the premises of Mma Obot Foundation, alleged to belong to Senator Godswill Akpabio.”
In his reaction to the recovery, Akpabio said that the ICPC should not allow itself to be used by politicians for selfish motives.
He said: “The story is false; it lies from the pit of hell. It is politically-motivated. And ICPC should stop misleading the public with false stories.
“I have no foundation that deals with medical equipment. I don’t have a kidney problem. So, what will I be doing with a dialysis machine? What will I be doing with the generating sets?
“I am not a contractor and I was not paid to supply medical equipment. We only initiate constituency projects, we don’t implement them. Why are they dragging Akpabio’s name into it.”