The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has categorically told President Muhammadu Buhari to start by jailing his party members and close allies, following his declaration to jail treasury looters after he returned on Saturday from London where he had been on medical vacation.
Mr. Buhari had in an interview on his return said, “Most Nigerians are expecting that we are going to jail more of the thieves that brought an economic problem to the country. I think that is being expected of me and I will do it.”
But PDP has asked the President to start by investigating the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole and other APC government officials accused of corruption.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, stated that Buhari should immediately allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to commence Oshiomhole’s investigation.
He also urged the president to start the probe into allegations of corruption against sacked Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, and the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof Yusuf Usman.
According to the opposition party, it will show integrity if Mr. Buhari started the investigation and prosecution of members of his party, the All Progressives Congress.
The statement added, “The PDP further challenge President Buhari to allow an investigation into the alleged frittering of over N11tn in the petroleum sector under his direct supervision as minister, including the alleged N9tn illegal oil contract as detailed in the leaked presidency memo, the alleged N1.4tn corrupt subsidy regime and alleged diversion of N1.1tn worth of crude oil, using 18 illegal companies allegedly linked to the Presidency cabal and the APC chieftains.
“The President should also allow the investigation of his ministers, who as former governors, were indicted in stealing billions of naira belonging to their states, particularly, a former governor, who was indicted by his state for allegedly diverting over N40bn to finance APC’s 2015 Presidential campaign.
“Mr President must also investigate how billions of naira allegedly moved from parastatals under his Petroleum Ministry to finance the failed attempt to change the leadership of the National Assembly as well as the certificate scandals among his ministers and special advisers and jail all those involved.
“These are the people Nigerians have been expecting President Buhari to investigate, prosecute and if found wanting send to jail.
“Unfortunately, Mr President has been pursuing perceived political enemies, and innocent opposition members while dining and wining with corrupt persons, a development that has completely called to question the integrity of his anti-corruption fight.”
Mr. Ologbondiyan observed that since Buhari took over power, he has not allowed investigation into the corrupt activities under his Presidency, rather he has been attracting to himself, “all manner of corrupt persons and giving them the perfume of sainthood, once they identify with his APC.”