Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has debunked claim that a firm allegedly owned by him received N438 million as “consultancy fees” from the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.
He made the clarification when featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today, which was monitored by TRIBUNE ONLINE on Monday.
According to him, “I am not a signatory to the company”.
He added, “As I’ve always said, I came into public office with a commitment to base my service on sincerity of purpose and openness. I believe that Nigerians don’t deserve to be kept in the dark in terms of public office operations.”
While admitting to founding the company alongside his wife, the minister claimed he resigned from the company five years ago owing to his political ambition.
“And actually, I was shocked because the company in question was a company where I was a director. About five years ago, I had resigned from my directorship.
“I and my wife founded the company 15 years years ago. Well, in 2019, when I got to the House of Representatives, when I won election precisely, I made a change.
“I had resigned as director of the company to hold office,” the minister said.