Alleged N160bn Tax Fraud: Arrest Tinubu Now, PDP Tells EFCC
Did the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ignore a whistle blower's information submitted since July 6, 2018?
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is asking the EFCC to prove the strength of its integrity by investigating and prosecuting the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu, over allegations of tax fraud.
The party said failure of the EFCC to invite and question Asiwaju Tinubu over an alleged 160 billion Naira tax fraud by a company linked to him will not only suggest that the EFCC had become corrupt under the Buhari Presidency, but also expose the level of rot in the APC administration.
It made the request in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday and also shared some documents it claimed were pages of the petition submitted to the EFCC.
"Nigerians can now see how the same Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC, which rushes to pounce on, arrest and lock up innocent Nigerians, particularly, perceived political opponents of President Buhari, without investigation, has practically gone frozen and toothless because a member of the APC cabal is involved.
"Does it not smack of hypocrisy that President Buhari, who boasted that he was going to jail more looters, has been looking the other way, while Presidency officials suppress investigations since whistle blowers alerted that Alpha Beta, a company linked with his party leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, allegedly swindled Nigerians to the tune of a whopping 160 billion Naira in tax fraud?
'Citadel Of Iniquity And Corruption'
"Is it not equally hypocritical that under the same President Buhari’s watch, where the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has threatened to block the bank accounts of tax evaders, a leader of his party had been dragged before the EFCC, yet Mr President is pretending to be unaware?
"If President Buhari is as clean as his handlers would want Nigerians to believe; if the Presidency is not complicit of corruption, the PDP challenges Mr President to allow an investigation and prosecution of Alpha Beta, in an open court, just as his government has been harassing the members of the opposition, as well as perceived opponents," the statement read.
The opposition party said it was in support of President Buhari's fight against corruption, but insisted that the President could not be approving the hounding of innocent opposition members or his perceived enemies on allegations of corruption while at the same time always shielding and defending his party members openly accused and indicted for corruption, in addition to certificate forgers and national youth service corps deserters, holding top positions in his government.
It also listed a few other corruption allegation that had occurred under the current administration and demanded for the President's response.
"Finally, Mr President should note that Nigerians are still waiting for his response regarding alleged stealing of 9 trillion Naira at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under his watch; the alleged 1.4 trillion Naira oil subsidy fraud involving officials at the Presidency and the alleged diversion of 1.1 trillion Naira worth of crude oil in 2017 by APC interests."
Others are the alleged stealing of 18 billion Naira Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) funds and the alleged stealing of over 25 billion Naira National Health Insurance Fund (NHIS).
The PDP also claimed the Presidency stalled the investigation into the NHIS issue, describing the Presidency as a citadel of iniquity and corruption.