Former Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Chief Mrs Olajumoke Akinjide and two other stalwarts of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in Oyo State, Senator Ayo Adesun and Chief Olanrewaju Otiti have been granted bail by the Federal High Court , Ibadan over the N650 million allegedly collected to fund the 2015 election in the state.
While Chief Jumoke Akinjide was granted bail on self-recognition, the presiding judge, Joyce Abdulmaleek on Thursday hinged Senator Ayo Adesun and Olanrewaju Otiti’s bail on some conditions.
The two defendants were asked to cough out N100m each with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be civil servants with landed property in the Federal Capital Territory. The two defendants are expected to submit their international passports and Title Deeds of landed property of sureties with the registrar of the Federal High Court, Ibadan.
The prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo urged the court to allow the court defendants to stay in the EFCC custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions, a request readily granted by the presiding judge.
The presiding judge however, adjourned the case till September 12, 2017 for continuation of hearing.
Speaking with the Street Journal, the prosecution Counsel explained that he raised no objections to the bail application by the defendants because talks were in advanced stage to settle out of court. He said the anti-graft agency had opened negotiations with the defendants on the need to explore the principle of plea bargain in the matter. According to him, the case before the court was money laundering with which the law allowed plea bargain once the defendants were ready to make refunds to government.
He however, noted that the prosecution would either continue or the agency would discontinue with the case depending on the success or failure of negotiations with the defendants on the adjourned date on September 12.
Meanwhile, there were placard carrying supporters of Chief Jumoke Akinjide from Oluyole local government area of the state. The old women carrying placards with inscriptions like ‘’Query Yinka Taiwo on N650m election refund, not Jumoke Akinjide’’, ‘’N650m was spent on 2015 elections not for personal use of Jumoke Akinjide, Ayo Adesun and Olanrewaju Otiti’’, ‘’EFCC must release our daughter, Jumoke Akinjide now’’, amongst others.
The leader of the group in a chat with the Street Journal, Alhaji Babalola Afobaje explained that the three defendants must be released without further delay. He said Akinjide was a good leader in the state who should be supported during her trying period. He said she was good to all and sundry when she was minister from the state.
According to Afobaje, there has never been a minister from Oyo State like Chief Jumoke Akinjide. He added that he was useful to the widows and other less privilege while in Abuja as a Minister representing Oyo State.
The court premises were filled up with supporters of Chief Jumoke Akinjide led by his father’s octogenarian immediate junior brother.