Compel Obasanjo To Refund $16bn Spent On Power, Oshiomhole Tells Buhari
The newly elected National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has tackled former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his claim that there is a threat to his life by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
Rather, he said that Obasanjo should stay alive so that he can account for a whooping $16 billion allegedly spent on power while he held sway as president without commensurate result.
Speaking shortly after the former National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun handed over to him; Oshiomhole said Obasanjo should be asked to pay back the money since it was not spent on improving the nation’s power situation that it was meant for.
According to him, President Buhari did well by calling out Obasanjo over the alleged expenditure and should go a step further to ensure that the former President returns the money if there is no explanation for what it was used for.
“So, $16 billion spent, the more dollars they spent, the more darkness the people suffered. Now the questions I had in my mind were, maybe because the President has not yet proceeded to now ask the follow-up questions.
“Since we don’t find the power, then, you must bring the $16 billion that you spent. If he doesn’t do that, then the accusations of limited anti-corruption may begin to have some currency.
“So, to assist PDP to overcome this distinction, our president needs to do the needful. After all, it is already on record what other presidents didn’t do, with regards to the issue of MKO Abiola, and the criminal manner by which the election was nullified and people pretended that, that was never an issue, the president showed courage.
“That same courage should not fail him, so that he can proceed to recover the $16 billion back into the treasury from the man who superintended over the spending of that money”, Oshiomhole declared.
It would be recalled that President Buhari had some time ago criticised previous Nigerian administrations for “lack of imagination” and accused the government of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who was president from 1999 to 2007, of spending over $16 billion on power without proportionate results.
The former president had however denied that his administration expended such money on power accusing President Buhari of ignorance on the matter and said he had already been cleared of any wrongdoing by an anti-graft agency.
Obasanjo also alleged that his life was in danger and that there was a plan to send him to jail.