- PDP has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to prosecute alleged corrupt APC leaders
- Kola Ologbondiyan, the party's spokesperson, asked the president to go beyond the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal
- Ologbondiyan accused Buhari of being selective in the corruption trial
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to prosecute leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) that are allegedly corrupt.
Legit.ng reports that the director, media and publicity, PDP presidential campaign organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday, January 22, asked the president to go beyond the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and prosecute other leaders of his party who have been indicted of corruption.
The party said that by singling out Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke, for prosecution, while providing official cover to numerous other indicted APC leaders and persons close to him, Buhari has further confirmed that he is indeed partisan and insincere in prosecuting the anti-corruption fight.
The statement read: "The fact that, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, 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.
"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 N2.5 billion 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.
"President Buhari should also order an open inquest into alleged involvement of some individuals said to be close to the Buhari Presidency in the N1.032 trillion alleged corrupt acquisitions in 9Mobile and Keystone Bank PLC.
"He is also invited to order an investigation into allegations that persons close to him and serving in his Presidency took N500 million as bribe to reduce the fine imposed on a telecommunication company operating in the country, from N1.03 trillion to N330 billion.
"Furthermore, we challenge President Buhari to allow an inquest into the N14 trillion 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 N33 billion Internally Displace Persons (IDP) intervention fund and the billions of naira already frittered through the ‘Tradermoni scheme’.
"Until president musters the required political will to carry out these actions, his war against corruption remains a charade.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo advised Nigerians to resist the ploy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return to power in the forthcoming general elections.
Osinbajo claimed that the opposition party's scheme was to loot Nigeria's resource, alleging that the nation's economy would have been in shambles if not for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy.
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