PDP faction wants independent body to investigate suspended SGF Lawal

PRESIDENT BUHARI SACKS SGF BABACHIR LAWAL
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal briefing State House Correspondents after leaving the Presidential Villa Abuja after the announcement of his suspension in Abuja on Wednesday (19/4/17). 02296/19/4/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the Federal Government to constitute an independent body to investigate corruption allegations against suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal.

The faction made the call in a statement signed by Dayo Adeyeye, its spokesperson, on Thursday in Abuja.

It said that panel should comprise eminent Nigerians with proven records of integrity, independence and competence.

It explained that an independent investigation of the allegations against Mr. Lawal and the Director- General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, also suspended, would ensure transparency.

“This is the only way by which we can have confidence that a thorough and impartial investigation will be conducted.

“It is a way by which President Muhammadu Buhari also can reassure the general public that there are no sacred cows in his government for whom there are different set of rules,’’ the party stated.

The presidency had on Wednesday announced the suspension of both men and constituted a committee headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate the allegations against them.

Mr. Adeyeye recalled that the Senate had in 2016 set up an ad hoc committee headed by Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, to investigate the expenditures and activities of the Presidential Initiative for North-East, PINE.

The committee also investigated the alarming rate of humanitarian crisis in the North-East occasioned by the diversion of grains and other food supplies meant for the Internally Displaced Persons in that region.

The PDP said that at the end of its assignment, the ad-hoc committee indicted Mr. Lawal of mismanagement of PINE funds and award of multi-million naira grass-cutting contract to one of his companies, Rholavision Engineering Limited.

The party said that contrary to expectations, the presidency, in a letter of January 17, 2017 to the Senate, discredited the committee’s recommendations and refused to sack or prosecute Lawal, clearing him of all wrong doing instead.

According to it, instead of arresting and detaining Mr. Lawal as being doing to PDP members, there is a double standard of suspending him to be investigated by a committee.

“We are at a loss as to why the president would set up a panel comprising members of his cabinet to investigate other very senior powerful members of the same executive.

“Where is the transparency in that? This is not that we doubt the integrity of the Vice President, who we have the utmost respect, and other members of the committee,

“But, it appears the matter is being settled within the Government Closet without the transparency, independence and impartiality necessary in a situation like this.’’

The party also recalled that recently the president directed the Attorney-General of the Federation to investigate the SGF’s involvement in the PINE’s contracts.

“That investigation cleared the SGF of all wrong doings in the grass-cutting scandal as stated above.

“It is amazing that the president who swiftly accepted the recommendations of the Attorney-General would now suddenly set up another panel, including the same Attorney-General, to investigate the matter again.

(NAN)


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  • Tman

    THIS DEAD PARTY SHOULD TELL US HOW MANY OF SUCH PANEL WAS SET UP IN THERE SIXTEEN WASTED YEARS WHEN EVERY CORRUPTION IS HANDLED AS FAMILY ISSUE. SHALL WE HAVE SOME SILENCE AND LET PMB SANITIZE THE ALREADY BATTERED IMAGE AND ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY, THE RESULT OF THERE LONG YEARS OF INSENSITIVITY AND LACKADAISICAL POLITICAL ADMINISTRATION FULL OF STEALING AND CORRUPTION. “IF YOU WANT TO COME TO EQUITY, PLEASE DO SO WITH CLEAN HAND”

    • bayobe

      isn’t it obvious how pdp tactically failed to mention the NIA Director Ayodele Oke and his involvement in the millions of dollars found in a private apartment.

      • Fadama

        They wouldn’t because he was acting out their orders. Shameless party.

    • kinsly

      Ask the illegal group calling themselves party.

  • tundemash

    Rogues. How many of such independent bodies for investigation did you advocate and actually took place in your16 yrs of looting spree ?
    The committee would call you when it’s your turn to explain how FG money became your campaign slush fund so don’t jump the gun yet ! Between now and then , you guys should sort of who is the authentic PDPigs and who the letter of invitation should be addressed to. No faction o !