Corruption: Atiku, Tinubu, Kalu Top EFCC List

Corruption: Atiku, Tinubu, Kalu Top EFCC List

Nnamani, Turaki, Yerima too

By Kola Ologbondiyan, Deji Elumoye in Lagos and Oke Epia in Abuja, 02.07.2007

Action Congress (AC) presidential candidate and Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) counterpart, Abia State governor Orji Kalu, topped the list of 130 candidates considered unfit to hold public offices over alleged corrupt practices which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forwarded to political parties Monday. The list, which also has Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State, cuts across six parties and features two governors of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano and Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State respectively who are both seeking re-election, among seven others on the party's platform.

Aside Tinubu who dropped his senatorial interest yesterday, other governors seeking to contest the senatorial election but were featured in the EFCC list are; Enugu State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani; his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Saminu Turaki in the PDP, as well as Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Sani Yerima.

But the Vice President, in a swift response last night, said the Mallam Nuhu Ribadu's commission is only scandalising the names of innocent persons stressing that the list made available to the parties is of no consequence. 
THISDAY had yesterday exclusively reported that EFCC had written to chairmen of the affected parties, on an advisory basis, to prevent the sudden shock of disqualification.

But the copy of the letter to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmadu Ali, which was delivered Monday night, is already causing a fresh wave of disquiet among candidates in the party's platform.

A total of 52 candidates of the PDP are on the EFCC list which is composed mostly of flag bearers of the parties for the State Houses of Assembly elections.

A break down of the cases involving the PDP indicates that four governorship and a deputy governorship candidate are affected, viz- Danladi Baido (Taraba), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano), Jibril Alhasan (Niger) and Ejiofor Ebenezer (deputy governor, Enugu).

Five senatorial candidates, 14 in the House of Representatives and 26 in the state houses of assembly categories were also affected in the ruling party.

The other ANPP governorship candidates are Abubakar Audu (Kogi), Usman Albishir (Yobe), Mohammed Aruwa (Kaduna), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Hadeja (Jigawa) and Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar, deputy governorship candidate in Zamfara State. Nine senatorial, five House of Representatives, and 13 state assembly candidates of the ANPP were mentioned in the list.

In the case of the AC, Atiku led the pack of those considered unfit to hold public offices by the commission while the governorship candidates of the party, which featured on the list include Ibrahim Bapetel (Adamawa), Ahmed Yusuf (Taraba), Abubakar Hashidu (Gombe), Chris Ngige (Anambra), Peter Okocha (Delta) and Musa Bello (Kaduna).

Four senatorial candidates including Governor Tinubu of Lagos State, Silas Janfa (Plateau), Adekunle Muse (Lagos) were named while seven and nine House of Reps and state assembly candidates respectively, were implicated. 
For the PPA, the governorship candidate of Abia State and his running mate, Orji Ahamefule and Alizie Akomas, joined the list of the party's presidential candidate, Governor Kalu, in the blacklist.

The Alliance for Democracy (AD) has one candidate in the state assembly election in Zamfara state included while the Democratic Peoples Party filled in the gap in Reps and assembly elections in Sokoto State.

The EFCC's letter, a copy of which was dispatched to President Olusegun Obasanjo, according to THISDAY checks, has resulted in a fresh wave of anxiety in the PDP which has been bedevilled by frequent changes of its candidates.

It was gathered that a final list hitherto ready to be dispatched to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had to be tinkered due to the EFCC report.

Meanwhile, in a surprising twist, Tinubu withdrew from contesting the Lagos West Senatorial District seat having picked the AC nomination form last December.

In a letter to AC Lagos state chapter's chairman, Otunba Henry Ajomale, the governor predicated his decision to withdraw from the race on the need to give other party supporters the opportunity and chance to have enough time to mobilise the party for victory in Lagos State as well as the south west region.

"While withdrawing from the race, I strongly urge the Party to consider the candidature of Ganiu Olanrewaju Solomon for the Lagos West Senatorial District. He is a loyal and committed party member, who has paid his dues by offering credible service at various levels including the Local government and the House of Representatives." Tinubu wrote.

Atiku, who spoke through the spokesperson of his Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, said his lawyers are awaiting the letter accompanying the commission's list to see "if there's a ground for defamation. We will sue him (Ribadu).

"But the question we want to ask is; what powers are they exercising by publicising such list and under what laws? As far as we can see, they have no roles in this whole process of screening but they want to come in through the back door.

"This listing is of no consequence, an arbitrary use of power because what the statute says is that it is only a court of law that can disqualify. Ribadu is merely scandalising the names of innocent persons and he will not get away with this," he said further.

AC, aside from alleging that the EFCC list will only contain the names of Obasanjo's "enemies" however demanded the yardstick which the commission used to determine the number of corrupt persons.

"It is clear from the beginning that Atiku is the target of this government. This list is nothing but a continuation of the smear campaign which the Presidency has embarked upon in the last two years.

"It is worrisome that EFCC, which itself is a creation of the law, is flouting the law of the land with impunity. This is because the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Report upon which EFCC and the Presidency based their allegations of corruption on the Vice President has been set aside by three different courts.  
"It is therefore contempt of the court for EFCC to continue to maintain that Atiku is corrupt based on the same PTDF Report which three separate courts have set aside," the party said.

Continuing, Mohammed, who spoke for the party, asserted that Obasanjo "has shown beyond doubts that EFCC is not a credible agency and as such its report should be disregarded by all Nigerians.

"In Akure last Saturday, Obasanjo said to the hearing of the entire world that since Olusegun Mimiko (former Housing Minister, now gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party in Ondo State) refused his entreaties to support the governor, Olusegun Agagu, for second term, he will be arrested by the EFCC.

"This has shown clearly that EFCC is nothing but a willing tool in the hands of Obasanjo. Therefore, all those who will appear on the corruption list of EFCC are those who have disagreed politically with Obasanjo," the AC said further.

When THISDAY contacted the PPA presidential candidate, Kalu, he did not pick his mobile phone nor did he respond to the text messages sent to him but the AC gubernatorial candidate in Delta State, Mr. Peter Okocha, said he will not respond to the allegations stressing that he would await the briefing of his party, AC, since the list was said to have been sent to the party.

But Jigawa State deputy governor, Hadejia, who is running for the governorship ticket on the platform of ANPP while his boss, Saminu Turaki, has joined the PDP, said information available about the list is "tentative because there are no details yet as to the reasons (for disqualification).

"Almost all the credible people are on the list and this is surprising. I have never deputised for the governor (Turaki) since I was appointed, yet I'm on the list. How could I have been on the list when my governor, who has been the only one running the affairs of the state was not there. Are you not suspecting anything?

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has refused the prayer of the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, asking the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from substituting his name as the PDP gubernatorial candidate for Rivers State.

Justice Binta Murtala Nyako ordered INEC to file its statement of defence to the substantive suit filed by Amaechi and promised to give the matter accelerated hearing in view of its sensitive nature. 

List of Candidates Indicted By EFCC


S/No  Name   Office Vying For  Party

1.  Atiku Abubakar President AC 
2. Ibrahim Bapetel  Adamawa Guber  AC 
3. Ahmed A. Yusuf.  Taraba Guber  AC 
4. Abubakar Hashidu Gombe Guber  AC 
5. Dr Chris Ngige  Anambra Guber  AC 
6. Peter Okocha  Delta Guber   AC 
7. Sen. Musa Bello  Kaduna Guber  AC 
8. Orji Uzor Kalu  President   PPA 
9. Orji Ahamefule  Abia Guber   PPA 
10. Christ Akomas  Abia Deputy Guber PPA 
11. Danladi Baido  Taraba Guber  PDP 
12. Rabiu Kwankwaso Kano Guber  PDP 
13. Bello Gwandu  Kebbi Guber  PDP 
14. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi Rivers Guber  PDP 
15. Jubril Bala Alhassan Niger Guber  PDP 
16. Ejifor S. Ebenezer Enugu Deputy Guber PDP 
17. Abubakar Audu  Kogi Guber   ANPP 
18. Sen. Usman Albishir  Yobe Guber   ANPP 
19. Sen. Muktar Aruwa Kaduna Guber  ANPP 
20. Mahmud Shinkafi Zamfara Guber  ANPP 
21. Abdul Yari Abubakar Zamfara Dep Guber ANPP 
22. Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff Borno Guber  ANPP 
23. Isah Yuguda  Bauchi Guber  ANPP 
24. Ibrahim Shekarau Kano Guber  ANPP 
25. Moh. Nur khalil  Katsina Guber  ANPP 
26. Ibrahim Hadeja  Jigawa Guber  ANPP 
27. Bala Johnes Takaya Adamawa Guber  DPP 
28. Sen. Bola Tinubu   Senate, Lagos   AC 
29. Sen. Suleiman Najib Senate, Bauchi  AC 
30. Sen. Silas Janfa  Senate, Plateau   AC 
31. Minirudeen Muse  Senate, Lagos  AC 
32. Hon. Nelson Effiong  Senate, Akwa-Ibom PDP 
33. Chimaroke Nnamani Senate, Enugu  PDP 
34. Hon. Joel Ikenya  Senate, Taraba  PDP 
35. Ibrahim S. Turaki Senate, Jigawa  PDP 
36. Nimi Barigha Amange Senate, Bayelsa  PDP 
37. Abbas Braimoh  Senate, Edo   PDP 
38. Kawu Peto Dukku Senate, Gombe  PDP 
39. Moh'd Sani Abdul Senate, Bauchi  ANPP 
40. Mumini Nurain  Senate, Lagos  ANPP 
41. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya  Senate, Kano  ANPP 
42. Aminu Garo  Senate, Kano  ANPP 
43. Olanrewaju Tejuosho Senate, Ogun  ANPP 
44. Ahmed Rufai   Senate, Zamfara  ANPP 
45. Bala A. Mohammed Senate, Bauchi  ANPP 
46. Ibrahim Umar  Senate, Yobe   ANPP 
47. Ahmed Sani Yerima Senate, Zamfara  ANPP 
48. Hassan Moh'd Gusau Senate, Zamfara  ANPP 
49. Sahabi Alh. Yau  Senate, Zamfara  ANPP 
50. Yakubu Datti.  House of Reps, Plateau AC 
51. Jafaru Javan Ahmed. House of Reps, Adamawa AC 
52. Tonia Tabansi-Okoye House of Reps, Anambra AC 
53. Nwosu B. Chucks  House of Reps, Anambra AC 
54. Abdullahi Bakari  House of Reps, Adamawa AC 
55. Bolarinwa O. Bashir  House of Reps, Lagos AC 
56. Mansuru Owolabi  House of Reps, Lagos AC 
57. Tom Zakari  House of Reps, Kogi PDP 
58. Oduwayi Adenuga House of Reps, Ogun PDP 
59. Hassan A Shekarau House of Reps, Kaduna PDP 
60. Duro Faseyi  House of Reps, Ekiti PDP 
61. Mohammed Bello  House of Reps, Niger PDP 
62. Mohammed Sagir House of Reps, Kano PDP 
63. Emmanuel Obot  House of Reps, A/Ibom PDP 
64. Abiodun Adesidi   House of Reps, Ondo PDP 
65. Omeire Rufus   House of Reps, Imo PDP 
66. Chile Igbawua   House of Reps, Benue PDP 
67. Isiaka Moh'd Bawa House of Reps, Taraba PDP 
68. Mumini Mafindi  House of Reps, Adamawa PDP 
69. Emmanuel Bello  House of Reps, Adamawa PDP 
70. Onyeaguocha Nkiru House of Reps, Abia PDP 
71. Nandam Bako  House of Reps, Plateau DPP 
72. Ali Adamu   House of Reps, Bauchi DPP 
73. Abdullahi Matori  House of Reps, Bauchi DPP 
74. Awalu Abdu Gwadabe House of Reps, Bauchi ANPP 
75. Adamu Gurai  House of Reps, Bauchi ANPP 
76. Bello Matawalle  House of Reps, Zamfara ANPP 
77. Abubakar Bunu  House of Reps, Zamfara ANPP 
78. Muktar Ahmed Anka House of Reps, Zamfara ANPP 
79. Arua Arunsi   House of Reps, Abia PPA 
80. Emeka Stanley  House of Reps, Abia PPA 
81. Isaac Ogbonna  House of Reps, Abia PPA 
82. Paul Chikezie Mba House of Reps, Abia PPA 
83. Samuel Ahiwe C.  House of Reps, Abia PPA 
84. Joel O. Dikanwa  Adamawa Assembly AC 
85. Idi Garba   Yobe Assembly   AC 
86. Samuel S. Damla  Plateau Assembly  AC 
87. Victor N. Lapang   Plateau Assembly  AC 
88. Abubakar M. Kanam Plateau Assembly  AC 
89. Pam D. Dong  Plateau Assembly  AC 
90. Adamu Moh'd Fanta Bauchi Assembly  AC 
91. Ndukwe Ogugua  Delta Assembly  AC 
92. Gidado Sajo Gella Adamawa Assembly  AC 
93. Bello Ruwan Doruwa Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
94. Isah Kasuwar Daji  Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
95. Peter A. Azi  Plateau Assembly   ANPP 
96. Kabiru Sahabi Liman Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
97. Garba Bawa Rawayya Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
98. Sani Talata Mafara Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
99. Dahiru Salisu  Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
100. Lawali S. Adafka  Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
101. Ibrahim Waziri  Adamawa Assembly ANPP 
102. Moh'd Abdullahi Abba Adamawa Assembly ANPP 
103. Abduaziz Mu'azu   Kaduna Assembly  ANPP 
104. Kabiru Dansadau   Zamfara Assembly ANPP 
105. Ibrahim Adamau  Bauchi Assembly  ANPP 
106. Agbiji M. Agbiji  C/River Assembly  PDP 
107. Marcel Larry Ajiero Imo Assembly  PDP 
108. Jilantikiri Sinamai Adamawa Assembly PDP 
109. Alfa Umar Belel  Adamawa Assembly PDP 
110. Emmanuel A. Jugul  Plateau Assembly  PDP 
111. Joseph Dimobi  Anambra Assembly PDP 
112. James S. Barka  Adamawa Assembly PDP 
113. Jerry Jona Kumdisi Adamawa Assembly PDP 
114. Marafa Bashir  Taraba Assembly  PDP 
115. Jacob Otu Enyia  C/Rivers Assembly PDP 
116. Patricia Ajudua  Delta Assembly  PDP 
117. Patrick C. Mozea  Delta Assembly  PDP 
118. Tanko U. Tamti  Taraba Assembly   PDP 
119. Musa Ahijo Yusuf  Taraba Assembly  PDP 
120. Peter Tuency Diah Taraba Assembly  PDP 
121. Yusuf Ibrahim Nahwai Taraba Assembly  PDP 
122. Kassong Santi Nelson Taraba Assembly  PDP 
123. Haruna Istifanus Bana Taraba Assembly  PDP 
124. Hassan Abubakar Taraba Assembly  PDP 
125. Virginia Baba Bambur Taraba Assembly  PDP 
126. Irmiya  Hammanjulde Taraba Assembly  PDP 
127. Bashir Marafa Abba Taraba Assembly  PDP 
128. Ahmed Mohammed Adamawa Assembly PDP 
129. Thresa Wanu  Adamawa Assembly PDP 
130. Paul Tairo   Abia Assembly  PDP 
131. Humprey Azubuke Abia Assembly  PDP 
132. Barr. C. C. Elechi  Abia Assembly  PPA 
133. Barr. Obasi Agu  Abia Assembly  PPA 
134. Moh'd Bunu Yabo Sokoto Assembly  DPP 
135. Garba Moh'd Kanoma  Zamfara Assembly AD