- The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has distanced itself from some political happenings in the country
- The management of the corporation denied funding any plot to impeach the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki
- The corporation said they are not party to the ongoing political struggle in the National Assembly
The management of NNPC, on Sunday, August 5, said its group managing director, Dr Maikanti Baru, was not funding any plot to impeach the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Mr Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC spokesman, said in a statement in Abuja that the corporation was not party to the ongoing political struggle in the National Assembly.
He said the reports in some section of the media insinuating that Dr Baru had doled out funds to effect the impeachment of Saraki were false.
He described the report as “the handiwork of mischief makers seeking to drag NNPC and Baru into a purely political affair totally different from its mandate as the national oil company with fiduciary responsibilities to the government and people of Nigeria.
“The report is not only false but also an affront on the verifiable reforms in the operations of the corporation under the remit of Dr Baru.’’
He said the reforms had “witnessed irreversible strides in the area of transparency leading to the sustained publication of NNPC monthly operations and financial records.
”The allegations are mere fiction and outright tales by moonlight for anybody to insinuate that Dr Baru or anybody else could just take a dip into the corporation’s till and dole out the volume of funds being portrayed in that phantom report for political purpose.’’
Ughamadu called on all well-meaning members of the public, oil and gas industry stakeholders to discountenance the story, adding that the NNPC remained committed to its statutory role and responsibility to the entire federation.
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Recall that the immediate past deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, recently alleged that the ruling party has offered to pay N150million each to members of the National Assembly to impeach Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Frank also alleged that state legislators have been offered N50million each to impeach Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state and Samuel Ortom of Benue state.
The former APC chieftain made this allegation in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, August 4, saying the plot was being funded by the NNPC.
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