Opposition’s İmamoğlu to reveal documents on ‘squandering’ in AKP’s Istanbul

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu on Saturday said he would soon be revealing documents revealing the squandering at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) İBB under the 14-year rule the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the city, left-wing Duvar newspaper reported.

“During the 18-19 days in which we had certification [as mayor of the city], we saw how the İBB was run by an economy of wastage and what the taxes of citizens were used for… I am talking about squandering. We are going to disclose these documents on waste,’’ İmamoğlu said.

Despite being confirmed as mayor of Istanbul after the March 31 election, CHP’s İmamoğlu faces a redo of the Istanbul vote on June 23rd following an appeal by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling AKP.

The IBB’s inflated budget and the vast amounts it has transferred to charitable foundations under AKP leadership have been widely discussed by critics following the March polls.

Reports indicate AKP-affiliated foundations and associations from the IBB have received money totalling 847.5 million lira ($145.9 billion).

İmamoğlu also said that June 23rd was quickly transforming into a “democracy campaign,’’ and the day was significant not just for the city of 16 million, but the whole of Turkey.

The 45-year-old CHP candidate said that his party was “forming an alternate newsroom’’ for the Istanbul redo.

“The only source for news for citizens will not be Anadolu News Agency,’’ he said. “We are going to announce the result of each ballot box once its opened from this centre, in a transparent fashion,” İmamoğlu said.

Anadolu came under criticism after it stopped issuing results of the March 31 local elections when it looked like the ruling party was losing at the polls for the new mayor of Istanbul.

The agency stopped updating election results for 13 hours until the country’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced that İmamoğlu had, according to unconfirmed results, won by almost 28,000 more votes against ruling AKP candidate in Istanbul, Binalı Yıldırım.