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Some Nominees Have Failed To Defend Their Corruption Allegations - PDP Tells Senate

By Dirisu Yakubu
Transmit ministerial list to EFCC
ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday,
counselled the Senate to accord some credibility to the
ongoing ministerial screening by sending the names of the
nominees to the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, for its input.
Ministerial List
The party in a statement signed by its image maker, Kola
Ologbondiyan said the screening exercise must have
enabled the lawmakers to find out that many of the
nominees presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari
include individuals, “who as former governors and
ministers, wrecked their states and ministries and have
serious allegations of corruption, abuse of office and
stealing of public funds hanging on their necks.”
According to the statement, “the nomination of persons
with corruption badges to serve in the federal cabinet has
overtly established the fact that President Buhari not only
condones but also explicitly promotes corruption, which has
escalated into a state art since he assumed office in 2015,”
given that the first citizen once pledged to nominate only
those he knew personally.
The statement further read: “It 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 on-going corruption cases in various
“The 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, ICPC, of
complicity in the N2.5 billion National Broadcasting
Commission, NBC, 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.
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“The PDP also invites the Senate to note that President
Buhari has not demonstrated any commitment to the fight
against corruption and for that reason, Nigerians now look
up to the National Assembly to protect the nation from the
excesses of the Buhari Presidency.”

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