PDP accuses presidency of diverting Abacha's looted funds, seeks Senate probe

PDP accuses presidency of diverting Abacha's looted funds, seeks Senate probe

- PDP has asked the National Assembly to initiate a probe of President Buhari's government over Abacha's loot

- The US government had repatriated part of the funds looted by the former military dictator, Sani Abacha to the federal government

- According to the country's main opposition party, the ruling APC is planning to pillage the fund

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Assembly to save the nation by immediately undertaking a forensic probe of the Buhari presidency, following an alleged report that the federal government is planning to pillage the looted funds repatriated by the United State.

Legit.ng reports that the party's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Saturday, February 22, said that the recent revelation of huge corruption in Nigeria has further exposed the fact that the APC-led government is swimming in a huge ocean of corruption and massive treasury looting.

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He said that the PDP’s call was predicated on the stinking reports by the US Department of State that the President Buhari-led government plots to funnel the repatriated money to certain individuals connected to the presidency, including a particular state governor allegedly involved in the initial looting of the money.

PDP accuses Buhari's presidency of diverting Abacha's looted funds, seeks Senate probe

PDP leaders protesting in Abuja, the nation's capital.
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The PDP said that the report that the Buhari-led government has been blocking attempts to recover part of the looted funds traced to Kebbi state Governor, Atiku Bagudu, who is the chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors forum, who was reportedly indicted by the US for allegedly helping in transferring billions of dollar out of the country during the military era, speaks volumes of the corruption and concealments going on in the Buhari's presidency.

It noted that further revelations in the report that instead of recovering the stolen money, the federal government is even in the process of funneling $100 million (N36.3 billion) out of the looted funds to Governor Bagudu, highlights the humongous sleaze, duplicity, and treachery that pervade the Buhari's administration.

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From the report, it is clear that the Buhari Presidency has further smeared itself, and no longer commands the trust and confidence of stakeholders within and outside the country in its fight against corruption.

The statement read: "There is already apprehension in the public space of huge complicity and patronizing of corruption under President Buhari’s watch, which is directly responsible for our worsening corruption rating, a comatose economy, hardship, and untold suffering which have turned our nation into world’s poverty capital.

"The PDP holds that the failure of the Buhari Presidency to give a direct response to the issues raised by the US Department of State only validates the widely held position within and outside our country that the administration is not only irredeemably corrupt but also serves as a haven for corrupt individuals.

"The PDP, therefore, calls on the National Assembly to immediately redeem the image of our nation by invoking its statutory instruments to order a forensic investigation into the handling of repatriated funds given a huge corruption that have pervaded the presidency."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, said on Saturday, February 22, that it is insane for any political office holder to go about with a convoy of 22 cars.

It was reported that Obi, who slammed politicians in the country, some of whom have been alleged to be extravagant.

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