$322m repatriated fund: PDP dares Buhari to name the thieves
Following revelations by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the repatriated $322 million is being siphoned by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to make public, names and photographs of all those involved with the theft of the money.
This was contained a media statement issued to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday from the office of Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary.
The party said President Buhari should do so to show his transparency as well as to enable Nigerians know and see the faces of those superintending over the stealing of the repatriated fund under the guise of sharing it to the ‘poorest of the poor’.
The PDP also challenged President Buhari to order the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to make public, the APC’s interests, who own the consulting firm reported to have been paid billions of naira as consultancy fees for the “sharing” of the money, which was made to skip the constitutionally required approval of the National Assembly.
“President Buhari needs to note that Nigerians are utterly dismayed that having hitherto postured as a supporter of the ‘Talakawa’ and man of integrity, he has taken no steps against this bare-faced atrocity where over 90 percent of supposed beneficiaries of the repatriated fund are phony names supplied by fraudulent officials of his government.” The statement noted.
The PDP also stated that “Nigerians are completely at a loss on why President Buhari always fail to take bold steps to expose and deal with corrupt and sharp practices by his appointees and leaders of his APC, even when such nefarious acts are directly against the less-privileged citizens already suffering the harsh economic realities of his administration.”
The opposition party also observed thus: “Since this issue was raised and the PDP called for a legislative scrutiny, the Federal Government and the APC have kept mum, perhaps, thinking that by their silence, it will be swept under the carpet like others in the past.
“However, let the APC and the Presidency be informed that Nigerians want to know the details of all those involved in the sharing, the details of the consultants; who authorized the consultancy, the scope of work of the consultancy firm as well as the terms.”
The statement then declared thus: “Mr. President should therefore not stand aloof on this matter like others before him, because it directly concerns the people”.
The PDP spokesman also charged that “the impunity, stealing and corruption under his administration have reached the rooftop and must be brought to check, before the nation suffers an irreparable hemorrhage. “