Gbajabiamila: PDP accuses Speaker of hindering corruption probes

Gbajabiamila: PDP accuses Speaker of hindering corruption probes

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, August 22, blasted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; accusing him of allegedly frustrating probes by House committees into alleged corrupt practices in Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAs).

This allegation was contained in a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Ologbondiyan said the directive issued by Gbajabiamila to committee chairmen regarding the suspension of all ongoing investigations and meetings until the resumption of the House on September 15 is allegedly designed to cover up alleged corrupt practices in MDAs.

Gbajabiamila, in a letter to chairmen of standing and ad-hoc committees last Wednesday; directed them to halt all ongoing investigations pending the resumption of the House next month.

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However, the PDP stated it is “a clear example of corruption fighting back from within the government circle; which must be condemned by all Nigerians.”

The opposition party stated further: “Such incursion into the activities of the committees is to quench the fight against corruption; as well as to frustrate whistleblowers just because All Progressives Congress (APC) has become an ocean of corruption where the members are swimming.

“It is clear that the shutdown directive is targeted at frustrating revelations from ongoing investigations on the $500 billion foreign loan from China; particularly as it relates to the mortgaging of our nation’s sovereignty to China.”

Meanwhile, the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria has berated the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for allegedly taking sides in the Southern Kaduna crisis.

Secretary-General of the Council, Nafi’u Baba-Ahmad, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday, August 21 in Kaduna; while reacting to the removal of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai as a speaker at the NBA forthcoming conference.

“For, clearly it has already taken a side in the Southern Kaduna crises; contrary to its members training and what it loudly preaches, without listening to the narrative from the other side.

“This clearly, lowly narrow political and religious sentiments have beclouded the judgment of the leadership of the NBA; forgetting the most basic principle of their training; and that its members cut across all sides of the divide.”

Specifically, the Shari’ah Council added that; “for the association to have taken a side in a conflict in such a blatantly pedestrian manner is demeaning of its status.”

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