IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, after receiving the third dose of Kovid-19 vaccine, answered journalists' questions about the agenda. Responding to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's claim that 557 people belonging to various terrorist organizations were employed in İBB, İmamoğlu said, “557 people belonging to various terrorist organizations are working in İBB. Look, look, look! 557 terrorist organizations. In other words, 86 thousand İBB employees are under suspicion. On the first day, I thought of answering. 'No,' I said, 'I'll wait.' I waited yesterday too. Why? In other words, you will say that now there are 557 members of a terrorist organization in the country, who you know are walking on the street or working in an institution… I expected that they will probably come and get them from the IMM. Well, if he is a member of a terrorist organization, they will come and arrest him. Tell the lie, throw the slander, go to your corner! Meanwhile, no one came," he said.
Responding to the allegations that there was corruption of 150 million liras in the 2 billion lira tender of IETT, the 700-year-old institution of the IMM, İmamoğlu said, “Inspectors have been appointed, tax offices have been appointed, MASAK has been appointed… Let me add; They commissioned the FBI, they commissioned the CIA, and they were going to control these tenders for us. May God give wisdom to all of them. First of all, you're welcome, we're waiting. They can inspect all public institutions," he said. Sharing the information that the Mercedes company, which was allegedly not included in the IETT tender, participated in the tender, Imamoglu said, "The 150-year-old IETT is slandered over its own brands and companies. They should not allow this slander. I invite the Mercedes company to make a statement as a matter of urgency.”
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu, met with journalists after receiving the third Kovid-19 vaccine. Emphasizing that the pandemic still continues at the beginning of his speech, İmamoğlu invited everyone who comes to get vaccinated. The evaluations made by İmamoğlu under 3 different headings were as follows:
IMM'S BORROWING: “YES, WE ARE ORDERING; BECAUSE WE ARE BUILDING 10 METRO”
“We watched the national budget of the Republic of Turkey together in our Gazi Assembly. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the week, instead of Turkey's budget, the IMM's budget and IMM's issues have been discussed at the TBBM. Of course, these were not just a speech, they included irrational accusations and accusations. In this sense, there are a few topics that I will tell you about. First; During the speech of our President of the Republican People's Party, Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, about the budget, he was accused of borrowing, in particular, by the members of the government, including the İBB, along with my name, which is really unreasonable, indecent, tactless and against me. 'İBB is borrowing, this is happening, this is happening…' Yes, we are in debt. Because IMM is building 10 subways. We are in debt because; As soon as the IMM administration changes, we are an institution that does not allow a single penny of credit from a single state bank, Iller Bank. A single lira, a penny. No borrowing or loan facility has been provided either through state banks or public institutions, or through Iller Bank.”
“ISTANBUL WAS LEFT TO ITS FATE; WE GAVE”
“You know, in the election, they used to say, 'Whose money do you spend on whom?'; This requires a question like this: 'Whose money and whose resources are you withholding from another state institution or not allowing it to be used' is a place where the question will be asked. Because this mind is a bad mind. Since the election was cancelled, I used a term for this political mind. A lawsuit was filed against me by being taken to another place, but this mind continues to make the same mistake. And unfortunately it hurts us. Istanbul was left to its fate. We came, we got it. We have become a city working on 10 metro lines at once. We became a city that prepared 2 metro lines. We continue on our way without stopping and we produce business in Istanbul. Look, let me give the main item about the budget. Let them put all this aside. I presented the IMM's budget in November. It has been 15 days, and the difference brought by the exchange rate difference in only 15 days to the budget we presented is over 5 billion. It's going towards 5,5 billion. In other words, IMM lost money as much as a metro line. Talk about them. Instead of talking about these, unfortunately, to the IMM, which built 10 metros, Ekrem İmamoğluThey made it their duty to slander Istanbul, instead of bowing their heads and being ashamed of this budget of Turkey. But let them speak; we will continue to do and produce business.”
IETT TENDER RESPONSE: “WHAT BLACKS YOUR EYES; I CAN'T UNDERSTAND”
“Let's come to the second issue: IETT, the 150-year-old institution of IMM. There was 2 million lira corruption in IETT's 700 billion lira tender. The tender was delivered to the address. That's it, that's it, they added something else. Inspectors have been appointed, tax offices have been appointed, MASAK has been appointed… Let me add; They commissioned the FBI, they commissioned the CIA, and they were going to control these tenders for us. May God give wisdom to all of them. First of all, you're welcome, we're waiting. They can audit all public institutions. We are waiting. But let me tell you this: Especially the people they got information from IMM, they deceived both the deputies and the ministers in Ankara badly, as they did on many issues. I will give an example about it shortly. In IETT, the rate of open tenders held before us is 74 percent. The rate of open tenders made after we took over the IMM increased to 91 percent. We made 8 vehicle maintenance tenders. 4 different companies kazanonce. They caused the apocalypse, '4 tenders were not made as open tenders, etc.' All done by open tender. How can they come to such a conclusion? What darkens your eyes; I have not been able to understand.”
CALL TO MERCEDES: “DO NOT ALLOW SLAVE”
“I'm going to use a brand name here. They were forced to use it. 'No sir, we did not take the Mercedes company out to tender.' Mercedes company participated in the tender. He also made an offer. Therefore, I have to make a call to Mercedes company from here. Opposite him is the 150-year-old IETT firm. Mercedes is an institution that works with IETT before. Even now, we have returning buses. Therefore, IETT, which is 150 years old, is being slandered over its own brands and companies. They should not allow this slander. I invite Mercedes company to make a statement very urgently. They should definitely explain. It is a shame for them not to be a bystander to this slander. It is such an international and important institution that will not allow a handful of people to speak with lies and slander.”
“TERRORIST” RESPONSE: “LET INDEPENDENT HEALTH INSTITUTIONS ANALYSIS MINISTER OF INTERIOR”
"Finally; I am coming to a subject that is perhaps the most extraordinary, the most irrational, and which really needs psychological analysis. The subject for which this psychological analysis is needed is about the Minister of Interior, whose speech in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and whose attitudes really need to be examined scientifically and medically. What did the Minister say? 557 people belonging to various terrorist organizations work in IMM. Look, look, look! 557 terrorist organizations. In other words, 86 thousand İBB employees are under suspicion. Look, this is not the first time Mr. Minister has done it, he has done dozens of them. As of yesterday, I was actually going to answer. Even that first day I thought of answering. 'No,' I said, 'I'll wait.' I waited yesterday too. Why? In other words, you will say that now there are 557 members of a terrorist organization in the country, who you know are walking on the street or working in an institution… I expected that they will probably come and get them from the IMM. Well, if he is a member of a terrorist organization, he will come and arrest him. Tell the lie, throw the slander, go to your corner! Meanwhile, nobody came. You probably haven't heard of it either. I am calling from here in terms of his attitude in the parliament, his attitude, his behavior, his way of fighting, his psychological mood, his facial expressions. I'm making a serious suggestion and I want it to be taken seriously. Independent health institutions should come and make an analysis about this psychiatrist, Mr. Minister. Because if the psychology of the person who is the head of such an important institution in Turkey is in this state, then our ancient institution, our Ministry of Interior, is in danger. In other words, a person who accuses and slanders - he has made absurd moves about the İBB before, you are your witness - some behaviors such as banning the collection of victims, some actions, hectic behavior caused by being a member of the government in an effort to block money. … I find this normal, but this is not normal. It should be subjected to a serious examination. The Ministry of the Interior is a valuable authority. It is imperative that the Ministry of Interior be managed in a healthy and rational manner.”
SHARE THE NUMBERS OF IMMERS HIRE AND LAUNCHED AT IMM
“It was said in IMM; 'Recruited 45 people Ekrem İmamoğlu.' Not a month has passed; What did the interior minister say? '33 thousand people bought it.' Look, when he said 45 thousand, I said; 'You're lying.' What happened? It turned out that at least 12 thousand people were told lies. It's not just him. We have a daily table like this, institution institution. 20 thousand 958 employees entered IMM. There are different employment models among 20 thousand 958 employments. E.g; According to the newly enacted rule, the subcontractor -ki Ağaç A.Ş. main source- Nearly 3 people were automatically recruited from here. Where is 45 thousand? Where is 33 thousand? Where is 20 thousand? They're lying. Its representatives in Istanbul are also lying, the Minister who gave this number is also lying, just like the slanders he just made. In contrast, 15 exits were made. In the building of 86 thousand people, 15 thousand. In 15 thousand, the termination of the contract made by us is 3 thousand 376. In other words, we did not remove 15 thousand people. Why? For example, 3 thousand 17 of them have already left. E.g; 3 thousand 770 of them have come to retirement. That is, 'We fired 15 thousand people, we hired 20 thousand people…'; that's not it either. It has different models. For example, there are transfers from institutions to us, hundreds or even thousands, among 20 thousand people. Just like transferring from us to other institutions. So the numbers are clear with us.”
“THE MINISTER'S REPUTATION IS NEVER SUFFICIENT TO DISCRETE ME”
At the end of the day, I will say this: There is a rule guaranteed in the Constitution, 'protecting the freedom of speaking in the Parliament'. Attitudes made in the last Assembly, false statements, slanders, slanders… Of course, the reputation of the Minister is never enough to discredit me. Let me express it. But I will seek my legal right. I will seek my rights before the law through an attack on my personal rights, an attack on IMM. It is unbecoming of the Republic of Turkey, the ancient institution of the Republic of Turkey, the Ministry of Interior, and unfortunately in these bad and difficult days, that is, in a period where people have become so poor economically, perhaps in the shortest time in the history of the Republic of Turkey, and the spirit of such a society. We are faced with a minister who shows attitudes that will upset his mood and push the society even more into pessimism. May Allah protect our nation against rulers like him. They continue to divide people, to divide people, to declare citizens walking on the street from afar as 'terrorists', and to declare people working in the institution as 'terrorists'. But as I said, I would like to invite independent medical institutions from here again. Let them medically analyze and examine this gentleman; so that it does not cause more harm to our country.”
“WE CAN'T KEEP OUR EYES FROM ANY OF THE 33 FILES”
Imamoglu's answers to the following questions from journalists were as follows:
The Minister of Internal Affairs also made a statement regarding the IMM's al-colon corruption files. It was determined that 21 of them were not against the law, and preliminary examination permission was given for 6 of them. What will be the fate of these 21 files?
“Can you believe a person who did the analysis I just said said, 'There is nothing in the 21 files'? Can't I believe it? Do I leave it to him? We have 33 files under investigation. The Ministry took these files from us in an unlawful manner. Such an application has not been made before. He has. He tried to suppress it. They've had it for over a year. Now, 'Sir, nothing was found at twenty-one.' Get out of there. Get out of there. We will analyze each of them. Every one of them is in our follow up. In no way, we do not take our eyes off any of those 33 files, we follow them. Our mission is prevented. Just like I said before; Just as state banks do not give us 1 lira, just as Iller Bank does not give us a lira… Look, all its institutions have been captured. Exactly in this way, we are currently prevented from carrying out investigations and in-depth investigations into corruption. But we will continue to analyze each file one by one.”
“THE NATION THAT INTERESTED ME IS POOR AND NO INTERVENTION IN CORRUPTION”
This topic has been asked a lot. You have answered many times, but there is another item on the agenda, the Presidency. Each time, you held back on the presidential candidacy and in the last statement you made, you said, 'It is not on my agenda'. Have you ever discussed this issue with CHP Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and is there a candidate you have in mind?
“Our esteemed President has so many issues to talk to me about. It has 100 topics; this is not one. It's not even one. Therefore, at the moment, the Nation Alliance, especially the Chairman of the CHP and my Chairman, Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, continue to work focused on these issues. The issues that concern me and our country, which I have just mentioned; It is a matter of the increase in foreign currency, the impoverishment of the nation, not intervening in corruption, and dividing people with lies and slander. I have no other location. I am interested in Istanbul.”