PDP demands EFCC probe (Ministerial screening: Senate okays nominees today)
The Senate will on Tuesday 30th July 2019, certified the appointment of ministerial nominees who passed its screening.
But the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday called on the Senate to send the nominees’ list to the EFCC. Says (some of the ex-governors and former ministers nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari have corruption cases on their necks.)
The red chamber had, between Wednesday and Monday, screened 39 out of the 43 nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.
The nominees screened on 29th July 2019 are: Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Goddy Jedy-Agba (Cross River), Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa), Maryam Katagun (Bauchi), Clement Agba (Edo), Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu), Muhammad Mahmoud (Kaduna), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Babatunde Fashola (Lagos).
The Senate President will preside over the plenary after the screening of the remaining three nominees who are: Sabo Nanono (Kano), Lai Mohammed (Kwara) and Saleh Mamman (Taraba). The Senate President will seek confirmation for each of the appointees, one after the other through voice votes on Tuesday 30th July 2019.
The red chamber is expected to proceed on annual two months recess after the confirmation.
But as the Senate was screening some of the ministerial nominees on Monday, the PDP urged the Senate to further give credibility to its ministerial screening by sending the nominees’ names to the EFCC for further investigation and screening. (Some nominees are corrupt, send list to EFCC, PDP tells Senate)
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement also stated that the screening must have enabled the Senate to further confirm that many of the nominees presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari included alleged corrupt persons.
These individuals, “Ologbondiyan” claimed, were former governors and ministers who had allegedly wrecked their states and ministries.
He added that some of them had serious allegations of corruption, abuse of office and stealing of public funds hanging on their necks.
According to him, the nomination of persons allegedly with corruption badges to serve in the federal cabinet indicated that Buhari does not only condone graft but also explicitly promotes corruption.
He stated that this was particularly sad as Buhari had earlier declared that he would only nominate persons he knows personally.
“Ologbondiyan” said: It therefore, speaks volumes that the persons Mr President (personally) knows and has nominated as ministers include such individuals that have been publicly indicted and known to be answering questions as accomplices in ongoing corruption cases in various courts.
PDP calls on the Senate to note that some of the nominees have failed to defend their corruption allegations.
This includes a particular former minister from the North-Central, who had admitted to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission of complicity in the N2.5bn National Broadcasting Commission fraud case, still pending in court.
This is in addition to certain nominees, who as state governors, swindled their states, fleeced workers and committed several financial crimes for which they should rather be standing trial, instead of being rewarded with official protection as ministers.
Our party notes that the gathering of corrupt persons as cabinet ministers is a clear pointer to a scheme by the cabal in the Presidency to further entrench corruption in our nation. Urging the Senate to take a cursory look at the allegations of bribe-for-ministerial-slot making the rounds in the public space, the PDP said the Senate must rise to the occasion and ensure that Nigerians are not totally let down.
The PDP spokesman urged the Senate to note that Buhari had not demonstrated any commitment to the fight against corruption.
According to him, for that reason, Nigerians now look up to the National Assembly to protect the nation from the alleged excesses of the Buhari’s administrative.
He stated that the PDP had demonstrated this determination in its nominations for leadership positions in the party at all levels.
Ologbondiyan urged the Senate to stand with the people by resisting the alleged manipulations of the Buhari Presidency to ensure that only persons with clean records were cleared as ministers.Source from Punch News