PDP charges Obaseki to clear air on bribery allegations

PDP charges Obaseki to clear air on bribery allegations

The outgoing national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday, December 8, called on Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki to clear the air on bribery allegations.

The allegations were that the party collected money from him in the build-up to his emergence as the PDP governorship candidate in the 2020 Edo state governorship election.

This was contained in a statement issued by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan during a valedictory session held in honor of the Prince Uche Secondus-led leadership at the party’s secretariat.

The PDP denied demanding or collecting any form of financial gratification; before handing Obaseki the ticket of the party to fly the flag of the PDP in September 2020 governorship election.

Ologbondiyan said: “Let me state without mincing words that the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, owes the members of this NWC the responsibility of clearing our names before the public.

“I will like to place on record that this NWC did not demand any form of gratification from Obaseki; before he got the ticket of our party.

“It is also important to restate that this NWC did not demand any form of “tax” from Governor Obaseki; neither did we collect same. He, therefore, owes it a duty to clear our names,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to “immediately take meaningful steps to implement several judgments obtained by SERAP against the Federal Government.

Renowned activist, Femi Falana (SAN) presented SERAP Law Report to the public on Wednesday, December 8; at the Media Briefing organized by SERAP in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, USA.

According to SERAP some of the judgements expected to be obeyed; include verdicts to raise money to fund the budget, reduce the growing level of borrowing; and also address the escalating rule of law crisis in the country.

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The organisation said, “unless the judgments are immediately implemented; SERAP will consider pursuing contempt proceedings against the Federal Government in national courts; and also international sanctions against the administration for its persistent disobedience of court judgments.”

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