Monday 29th of July 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Senate to show more credibility with its ministerial screening by sending the names of the nominees to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, the screening exercise should enable the Senate to identify some nominees presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari to include individuals, who are facing allegations of corruption, abuse of office and stealing of public funds hanging on their necks.
“The PDP notes that 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.
“This is particularly as President Buhari had asserted that he would only nominate persons he knows ‘personally’.
“It, therefore, 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 courts.”
The PDP also called on the Senate to identify some of the nominees who have failed to defend their corruption allegations pending in court.
The party urged the Senate to, “take a cursory look into the allegations of bribe-for-ministerial-slot, making the rounds in the public space, the PDP said the Senate must rise to the occasion and ensure that Nigerians are not totally let down.”