Prosecute Oshiomhole, Amaechi, Not Just Babachir Lawal, PDP Tells Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is making a demand from president Muhammadu Buhari, for it to take him serious in his administration's fight against corruption.
It wants President Muhammadu Buhari to order the prosecution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over “corruption allegations” levelled against them.
The PDP said singling out the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, for prosecution “while providing official cover” to others would amount to partisanship.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday said President Buhari should also order an open inquest into alleged involvement of some individuals said to be close to the Presidency in the 1.032 trillion Naira alleged corrupt acquisitions in 9Mobile and Keystone Bank PLC.
“Mr President should also immediately order the prosecution of the former aide to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, Baba Inna, who was arrested in September last year, over accusations of receiving 2.5 billion Naira from politicians, businessmen and women on behalf of the First Lady.
“In the same vein, he should also order the prosecution of Amina Mohammed, who while being paraded by the Department of State Services (DSS), last year stated in public that persons close to President Buhari were involved in serial fraud and looting of public resources under the official cover of the Buhari Presidency.
“Furthermore, we challenge President Buhari to allow an inquest into the 14 trillion Naira looted oil money under his watch, as detailed in the NNPC leaked memo; the handling of the repatriated $322m that has been siphoned under the guise of sharing to the poor; the 33 billion Naira Internally Displace Persons (IDP) intervention fund and the billions of Naira already frittered through the ‘Tradermoni scheme'.
“Until Mr President musters the required political will to carry out these actions, his war against corruption remains a charade.
“He is also invited to order an investigation into allegations that persons close to him and serving in his Presidency took 500 million Naira as bribe to reduce the fine imposed on a telecommunication company operating in the country, from 1.03 trillion Naira to 330 billion Naira.
"Moreover, the fact that, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Mr President had to give his nod before Babachir and Oke could be prosecuted, also goes to further confirm that President Buhari has annexed the system and directly determines who is prosecuted and who is spared.
“The PDP therefore challenges President Buhari to immediately order the prosecution of all APC leaders, particularly members of his Presidential Campaign Council, beginning with the APC factional National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the campaign Director-General, Rotimi Amaechi, other directors and zonal coordinators, who have allegations of corruption hanging on their necks,” the PDP said.
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