..Says party unaware of Akpabio’s planned defection
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over the allegation that Senators are being paid a whooping sum of $1million each to move for the impeachment of the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
The party also stated that it is not aware of the plans by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the PDP.
They also faulted the Presidency on the late submission of the Election budget to the National Assembly just as it tied its funding to Constituency projects funds, saying that it is one of the ploy by the executive to blackmail the National Assembly.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Kola Ologbondiyan in a press conference on Monday in Abuja accused the ruling APC of exploring all unholy means to move for the removal of Saraki, maintaining that the constitution is clear on the steps to be taken before a Senate President can be impeached.
He alleged that the antics of President Buhari who was overwhelmingly elected on the premise that he is going to fight corruption and implement people oriented policies have been busted as his associates have allegations of corruption hanging on their neck and neither the Presidency nor the accused members have cleared themselves beyond all reasonable doubt.
He said, ” It is no longer news that one Obono-Obla, President Buhari’s Special Assistant on Prosecution and Chairman, Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property in Buhari’s anti-corruption team has been indicted for forging his WAEC certificate, yet his boss, Mr. President offered $1m each lawmaker to impeach Saraki.
“Today, the very leader who hitherto paraded as pro-poor and saintly has now been exposed to be at the head of the most corrupt administration that our nation ever had since independence.”
The PDP challenges President Buhari to explain why his anti-corruption fight has not been extended to investigate the corruption from the leaked memo detailing alleged underhand oil contracts to the tune of N9 trillion ($25billion dollars) at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which are under the direct supervision President Buhari as Minister of Petroleum Resources.
The party also challenged President Buhari to explain to Nigerians whose interest he is protecting by refusing to allow an independent inquest into the alleged corruption in the handling of the N1.4 trillion oil subsidy regime allegedly involving officials at the Presidency, particularly those benefiting from alleged N58 hidden tax per liter which Nigerians have continued to bear since the fuel price increased from PDP subsidized cost of N87 to presumably unsubsidized cost of N145.
The PDP challenged President Buhari and the APC to explain whose interests they are protecting by suppressing investigation into the alleged use of 18 unregistered companies to lift and divert N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in 2017.
Furthermore, the PDP challenged the Buhari Presidency and the APC to explain to the world why his anti-corruption fight has not been extended to the internationally reported diversion and alleged stealing of N18 billion out of the N48 billion approved by the National Assembly for the rehabilitation of millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rebuilding of six northeast states ravaged by insurgency in the 2017 budget.
“Can the Buhari Presidency and APC claim to be unaware of the damning report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a public document which detailed how officials were using bulk of the resources meant for the IDPs on contracts that were found to have immensely benefited officials of the APC Government including the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal?
“Can the Presidency and the APC claim to be unaware of the motion by Senator Baba Kaka Garba from Borno Central, who exposed how persons, known to have connections with the APC, fraudulently cornered N1.2 billion from the Federal Government under the guise of supplying items to IDPs?”
The PDP challenged the Presidency to explain why his ‘famed’ anti-corruption dragnet has not been cast on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) despite widely reports of alleged stealing of over N25 billion meant for the health need of the people from the account of the Scheme in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by APC agents.
On the attempt by Senators loyal to the President to forcefully open the National Assembly and impeach Saraki despite the fact that the Assembly is on recess as suggested by the Presidential Aide to the Senate, he responded that Senator Eta Enang has been Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business in both chambers.
“It is unfortunate that people who have experience in legislative practices and procedure, when they get to the other side, instead of telling the executive, the limits of their powers, they pretend to know it all and by so doing, they mislead the executive.
“Section 12 of the Senate Standing Rules puts the reopening of the Senate within the purview of the Responsibility of the President of the Senate and the operational word there is may, that is if the Senate President is convinced, he may wish to reopen the senate.
“What they are plotting to do has a huge capacity to create anarchy for us as a nation”, Ologbondiyan stressed.
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