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Oduahgate: APC hails House of Reps, wants minister to resign or be fired

NEWISSUES, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the House of

Representatives for taking a definitive stand on the 255-million-Naira

Aviation scandal by asking President Goodluck Jonathan to review the

continued engagement of the Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah over her

role in the scam.

 

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday by its Interim National

Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said by its

action, the House of Representatives has again signalled its readiness

to play its own part in fighting the massive corruption which has

enveloped the country

 

It said also by its unequivocal stand on the scandal, coming on the

heels of the recent criticism of President Jonathan’s tepid fight

against corruption by House Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, the House has left

no one in doubt that the legislature is taking its oversight role very

seriously.

 

”There is no doubt that the House of Representatives took its stand,

which included asking the EFCC to investigate and prosecute all those

involved in the scandal, after a painstaking work by its Committee on

Aviation. This action is commendable and reflects the general opinion

of Nigerians on the shameful scandal.

 

”Therefore, Ms. Oduah has no basis for continued occupation of her

post as Minister of Aviation and should step down immediately. If she fails to do so, she should be fired by the

President,” it said.

 

APC said if the Minister fails to resign and the President refuses to

fire her, it will confirm the general perception across

the country that this President is not ready or willing to fight

corruption; that he is comfortable in the company of corrupt officials

and that he would rather cream off the proceeds of corruption by

taking contributions to his war chest from corrupt folks.

 

The party said failure by the President to heed the House of

Representatives on the Oduahgate will also add to his earlier

failure to act on the House’s decision on the massive oil subsidy

scam, and the failure of his administration to bring to justice

all those behind the series of corruption cases that have dogged the

administration.

 

”The list is long, and includes the pension scam, the Malabu scandal,

the massive corruption in SEC, the Halliburton scandal,

the unprecedented crude oil theft and the extensive corruption in the

oil sector.

 

”The President’s decision to hug corruption rather than to fight it

has also been reflected in his comments, saying for example

that the perception people have about corruption in Nigeria is

exaggerated; and that his administration is ‘winning’ the war against

corruption.

 

”But this overly simplistic take on corruption in Nigeria flies in

the face of the available evidence that Nigeria has sunk deeper into

the mud of corruption under President Jonathan, especially the latest

ranking by Transparency International, which lists Nigeria as one of

the most corrupt nations in the world, and the report of the US Bureau

of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights

Practices for 2012, which shows Nigerian government officials and

agencies frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity.

 

”It is now up to President Jonathan to take the fight against

corruption seriously and work with other arms of government in

combating the canker worm, or go down in the history of the country as

the most corrupt administration ever. He can start by acting

decisively on the Aviation scandal, and stop using ad-hoc panels to

bury corruption cases,” APC said.

 

Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Interim National Publicity Secretary

All Progressives Congress (APC)

Port Harcourt, Dec. 23rd 2013

 

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