Re­spond to Reps’ al­leged N 5.8bn il­le­gal ap­proval, PDP tells Os­in­bajo

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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.”

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