The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has asked the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur, to step down immediately following his son’s indictment in the fuel subsidy scam.
The party made the call in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.
Signed by its its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the statement said that Mr. Tukur’s resignation was important to “relieve him of the huge moral burden” placed on him by his continued stay in office.
According to the statement, the fuel subsidy scam trial will be held in two courts – the court of law and the court of public opinion.
“While Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is not facing any charges in the court of law over the scam, he is definitely a star suspect in the court of public opinion,” the statement said.
The party noted that many Nigerians were already insinuating that nothing would come out of the trial, especially as far as Mr. Tukur’s son was concerned, it said.
The statement said that Mr. Tukur’s son’s indictment was an allusion to the influence bestowed upon him by his high office.
“While we have nothing but absolute confidence in the ability of the judicial process to ensure justice, we believe that anything that can reinforce the impression of thwarted justice in the fuel subsidy scam trial should be removed.
“Alhaji Bamangar Tukur’s continued stay in office is one of such.”
It said that Mr. Tukur’s continued stay in office was inimical to efforts to clean up the tainted sector. The party recalled its consistent warning, while the controversy over fuel subsidy removal raged, that the government should not punish ordinary Nigerians by increasing fuel prices.
“The ordinary Nigerian is today paying N97 per litre of fuel because of the corruption in which he or she is not involved.” it said.
Mr. Tukur’s son, Mahmud, who is managing director of Eternal Oil, was among the first batch of alleged subsidy thieves arraigned last week by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
But the PDP chairman has repeatedly said Nigerians should not judge him for the sins of his sons, who he said is man enough to face the consequences of his actions.
Also arraigned is Mamman, the son of Ahmadu Ali, a former PDP chairman, who was also the chairman of the Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, when most of the subsidy scams were perpetrated.