APC alleges attempt by Nigerian govt to cover up $9.3 million scandal

All Progressives Congress

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned an alleged attempt by the PDP-led Federal Government, working with some members of the National Assembly, to cover up the smuggling of $9.3 million to South Africa on a private plane.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the cover-up plans will fail because the issues transcended Nigeria.

It said the cover-up attempt manifested clearly at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, curiously refused to entertain a debate on a motion seeking a probe of the issue that had further ridiculed Nigeria in the global community.

It said the refusal of the Deputy Speaker became even more suspicious amid allegations that some members of the House had each received a $50,000 bribe to quash the motion.

The APC, however, hailed its members in the House of Representatives for staging a walk-out to protest the inexplicable decision not to allow the issue be debated on the floor of the House.

It said by their actions, the APC lawmakers aligned with the majority of Nigerians who were eager to get to the bottom of how such a huge amount of money could be smuggled into another country by the Nigerian authorities, despite being fully aware of the limitation on the amount of money that can be taken into any country.

The party said while the Senate had already launched a probe into the issue, Nigerians would have preferred that the probe be done openly, instead of behind closed doors, so there won’t be any shade of doubt about the transparency of the investigation. It, however, expressed the hope that the Senate would do a thorough job in unravelling the circumstances surrounding the cash smuggling gate.

“It is shocking that those who were elected by the people will fail to act in the interest of the people. But then we in the APC are not really surprised at this development, going by the antecedents of the Jonathan Administration and his party, the PDP. Thank goodness, every day the PDP and the government it has sired at the centre are showing why they should not be voted back into office,” it said.

The party insisted that the Jonathan Administration and all concerned must come clean on the circumstances surrounding the ferrying of the huge funds to South Africa, including why a government that had spent millions of naira to promote a cashless policy decided to transport 90 blocks of $100,000 each to another country in violation of that country’s laws.

“The resort to ‘procedural error’ is not enough to explain this irresponsible and illegal action, neither is it enough to explain why a duly-constituted government will behave like a rogue government or even like insurgents who will be shopping for arms in the open market. Fortunately for Nigerians, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority, NPA, has said the issue is still under criminal investigation, meaning all attempts to sweep the scandal under the carpet, as the Jonathan Administration is used to doing, will fail,” it said.

The APC called on all well-meaning Nigerians as well as Civil Society Organizations to ensure that the circumstances surrounding this scandal were unravelled in the interest of Nigeria and her people.


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  • Dare Obafemi

    Dear Editor:

    All well-meaning Nigerians must demand open probe of this moneylaundering scandal.
    President Goodluck Jonathan was not elected to smuggle any amount of cash for Nigerians.
    Or does the 1999 Constitution authorize Goodluck Jonathan to do this $9.3m cash freight.
    There must be no cover-up by any organ or institution of government of this criminal conduct.

  • Gbo_lee

    The PDP with these acts simply prove to Nigerians that they cannot be voted for…this is the more reason why we must all move in the direction of change which is being manifested by the APC

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  • Mark Nsikan

    i have a feeling tha this is not the first time someone is doing this…d question is who?…1.ayo, d pastor that owns the jet……. 2. the govt that comes tu the rescue of the owner of the jet ………..3.the security oufit that wantd tu buy armament using the pators jet………….honestly,if u are not fedup with this country,u are a strong man…like some ppl wld say” the lord is ur strenght”!!!

  • Amir

    One common thing about Jonathan’s defenders is that they do not seem to understand much about leadership. They are on the same page when it comes to mediocrity in reasoning and action. What Oshiomhole said in 2012 and 2015 are both correct about Jonathan, and represents what majority of Nigerians think about him. If elections were held in 2012 Jonathan would have won a second term with a landslide. Nigerians started knowing much about his reckless spending, mind boggling corruption and incompetence from 2012 and in 2013/14 APC was born and a faction of PDP broke away. It was about the same time that Nigerians witnessed one of the most abnormal abuse of power that the president’s wife became a permanent secretary in Bayelsa apparently ‘travelling from Abuja to Yenogoa every day to serve the state’.
    By 2012 Jonathan had acquired absolute power or so he thought. Absolute power corrupts absolutely! In 2015 Oshiomhole got to Jonathan better like many other Nigerians and subsequently changed his statement just as Nigerians voted the corrupt administration out. Therefore the two statements are true. You are innocent entering the court and guilty into prison, sometime within an hour difference. Omokri is simply daft about public service!!

  • Efeturi Ojakaminor

    This is the man they call Wendel Simlin, if you do not know.