Respond to Reps’ alleged N 5.8bn illegal approval, PDP tells Osinbajo
THe Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday told vice President Yemi osinbajo to stop “sermonising” and answer the corruption allegation made by the House of representatives.
The House Committee on emergency and Disaster Preparedness had indicted osinbajo over “emergency intervention of food security to the north-east” in June 2017, when he was Acting President.
In its report, the committee had alleged that n5.8bn was approved and released in June 2017 vide a memo raised from the Office of the Acting President, directing the minister of Finance and the Accountant-general of the Federation to so act.
The committee concluded that the payment made was in contravention of approval of the national Assembly.
but the vice President, on Friday, in a statement, said he did no wrong and described the committee’s conclusion as “both false and misleading.”
but the PDP in a statement by its national Publicity, Kola ologbondiyan, on Saturday insisted that osinbajo had the moral burden, both as a preacher and professor of law, to directly explain how the funds meant for the well-being of nigerians suffering in the north-east were mismanaged under his supervision.
ologbondiyan said the vice President should give the explanation instead of what he called the lame attempts to dismiss the allegation and divert public attention from the alleged scandal.
He said, “nigerians were thoroughly appalled to learn from the House of representatives how Prof. osinbajo, as Acting President, in June 2017, unilaterally pulled n5.8bn from the Consolidated revenue Fund of the Federation, purportedly for emergency intervention on food in the north-east, which has now turned scandalous.
“Prof. osinbajo should explain how, according to findings by the House of representatives, all the six states of the north-east failed to receive the emergency intervention for food security, for which a major part of the money was claimed to have been expended, under his direct supervision as chairman of board of the national emergency management Agency.
“What has Prof. osinbajo to say on the revelation at the public hearing conducted by the House of representatives that there was no evidence the World Food Programme received the 5,000 metric tonnes of rice, which nema claimed to have bought and donated to the WFP for distribution to victims of insurgency in the region?
“What has our vice President to say to the report indicating that four of the companies that supplied food items to the region financed their projects through n2bn they each received as loan from the Central bank of nigeria?
but the Senior Special Assistant to the vice President on media and Publicity, mr Laolu Akande, in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, said the PDP could not be believed on the issue of corruption.
Akande said a party that ran the country aground while in power did not have any credibility among nigerians, adding that its latter-day advocacy against corruption was a joke.
Akande said, “nigerians know the PDP for its reputation. They (members) are the last to be believed when it comes to the issue of corruption.
“on the issue of the House of reps, we have issued a statement on what happened. If you look at it, there was no indictment really. The issues have been addressed.”