...By Henry George for TDPel Media.
The current Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has accused his predecessor, Ibikunle Amosun, of being responsible for frustrating Aliko Dangote’s plans to build a $19 billion refinery in Ogun State.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abiodun denied any blame for the loss and stated that Amosun should be held accountable.
During Amosun’s administration, Abiodun served as the Chairman of the Olokola Free Trade Zone, located in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area.
According to the governor, he was not involved in the actions that led to Dangote relocating the refinery project to Lagos.
Initially, Dangote had selected Ogun State as the location for the refinery, which was inaugurated in Lagos on Monday.
However, due to disagreements between Dangote and the Ogun State government, the project was moved to Lagos.
Governor Abiodun’s response comes after Segun Sowunmi, a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, blamed Abiodun’s government for the loss of the refinery project.
In his statement, Abiodun clarified that it was Amosun who should be held responsible for Ogun’s missed opportunity to host the mega refinery.
He expressed disappointment over the significant investment loss, considering that Ogun had been considered the most suitable location for the project in the Olokola Free Trade Zone.
Governor Abiodun emphasized that he, as the chairman of the committee and a prominent figure in the oil and gas industry, made every effort to ensure the project’s success.
However, he alleged that Amosun, for personal reasons, obstructed the committee’s efforts.
Abiodun further revealed that Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, had served as the committee’s secretary and engaged with Dangote on the mega project.
The former governor, instead of supporting the project in the state, openly opposed and hindered the efforts of the Abiodun-led committee to bring the Olokola Free Trade Zone to fruition, according to Governor Abiodun’s explanation.