Buhari shield­ing min­is­ters on cor­rup­tion — La­gos PDP

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court be­fore they were ap­pointed.

But the La­gos PDP, in a state­ment, yesterday, dis­agreed with the pres­i­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the party, Buhari was ob­vi­ously shield­ing some of his ‘cor­rupt’ min­is­ters be­cause of their fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to his elec­tion.

It ac­cused the pres­i­dent him­self, of only pre­tend­ing to be cor­rup­tion-free, stat­ing that the pres­i­dent should make him­self avail­able for live question and an­swer, if in­deed he was very sure of not har­bour­ing cor­rupt per­sons as min­is­ters.

The PDP al­leged that the likes of the min­ster of Works, Power and Hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola, his coun­ter­part in the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion, Ro­timi Amaechi, and that of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, had cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions hang­ing on their necks.

The state­ment, signed by the party’s pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Taofiq Gani, said, “These are in the pub­lic glare and we are sur­prised that the pres­i­dent ex­hibits volte-face on these mat­ters.

“For in­stance, Fashola has many cor­rup­tion pe­ti­tions against him dur­ing and af­ter his ten­ure as gover­nor of La­gos State.

“Groups such as True Face of La­gos, CACOL and in­di­vid­u­als have their pe­ti­tions unat­tended to by the au­thor­i­ties,” he said.

“The re­ported out­come of en­quiry, which in­dicted Ro­timi Amaechi, of un­ac­counted sum of N3 tril­lion, when he was gover­nor of Rivers State, is ly­ing unat­tended to by the au­thor­i­ties and Chris Ngige’s self-con­fes­sion, about his prac­tice at the Ok­ija shrine, is still fresh.

“It is our fur­ther as­ser­tion that the fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions of these par­tic­u­lar min­is­ters ac­count for why Pres­i­dent Buhari con­tin­ues to har­bour them,” the state­ment said.

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