PDP demands probe of Buhari over alleged rising corruption, insecurity/

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday urged the National Assembly to investigate what it called “widespread insecurity, economic depression, treasury looting, abuse of office and violations that stamped the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration since May 2015”.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP charged the federal lawmakers to protect the interest of millions of suffering Nigerians by invoking its powers in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) “to recover the over N14 trillion stolen by government officials and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last four years.”

PDP held that a legislative action had become imperative, since according to it, “the Buhari presidency has failed to give cogent explanation on the alleged looting of over N9 trillion through sleazy oil contracts as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo; a situation that directly points to officials culpability.”

The main opposition party noted that “Nigerians also want the National Assembly to investigate the issues surrounding the reported stealing of N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil through 18 unregistered companies as well as the alleged looting of over N2.6 trillion in shady oil subsidy regime.”

It also challenged the legislature to investigate the alleged “siphoning of $322 million repatriated funds and the trillions of naira stolen under shady projects such as the ‘tradermoni’ project, among others.”

PDP equally noted that “only recently, the wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari, raised the alarm that over N500 billion meant for poverty alleviation under the APC-led government did not get to the designated beneficiaries”.

It further held that “the humongous looting under the Buhari administration is directly responsible for the economic hardship Nigerians have been subjected to in the last four years.”

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the PDP is going down in history as the party that seeks to investigate how its members in the National Assembly voted to elect leaders of the ninth assembly using secret ballot system.

The leadership of the PDP had resolved to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, while also directing its members in the National Assembly to vote according to the decision reached by the party.

However, following the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP set up a fact-finding committee on the role played by some of its members during the election of the presiding officers of the National Assembly.

But Oshiomhole while playing host to the National Assembly members from Kano State led by the Deputy Governor, Nasir Gawuna, in his office in Abuja yesterday, commended the National Assembly caucus of the party for electing the party’s choices as the principal officers of the ninth assembly.

He said, “Our party members in the two chambers proved their complete loyalty. The way and manner they did, such that the PDP that was calling for secret ballot because they didn’t want people to know how people voted are now the one conducting an enquiry on who voted for who among them.

“This is a complete violation of the essence of secret ballot. The idea of secret ballot is that nobody should know who voted for who. Now, PDP is going down in history as a party that seeks to investigate how people voted in the secret ballot.

“That is a gross violation of the most basic principles of democracy with regards to secret ballot. That is why we are better and different and I’m very proud of all of you,” the APC National Chairman said.



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