Lagos PDP demands Tinubu’s arrest over Foreign Accounts

by on April 4, 2016

The Lagos State chapter of the People’s Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) has demanded the ar­rest and retrial of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over alleged false declaration of assets.

It accused President Mu­hammadu Buhari of manifest­ing selective fight and prose­cution in his anti-corruption crusade.

The PDP’s fresh call on the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for Tinubu’s retrial is re­portedly informed by the asser­tion of the CCB’s lawyer, Roti­mi Jacobs (SAN) that the APC leader was erroneously dis­charged by the Code of Con­duct Tribunal (CCT) during his trial for holding 10 foreign ac­counts, contrary to Section 7 of the CCB and Tribunal Act, Cap 15 LFN, 2004 as amended.

Jacob allegedly made the disclosure in his opposition to the application by Senate Pres­ident Bukola Saraki that he

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should be discharged in his on­going trial over alleged false as­sets declaration.

He described Tinubu’s dis­charge as wrong, adding that the tribunal was misled into dis­charging the former governor.

Saraki’s lead counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) had applied for Saraki’s discharge on the ba­sis that he was also not invited before he was charged by the CCB, which is similar to Tinu­bu’s fact of case, wondering why the former Lagos State governor was discharged, whereas Saraki continues to be prosecuted even when the surrounding facts are similar.

In a statement by its Pub­licity Secretary, Taofeek Gani, the Lagos PDP said: “We de­mand the immediate invita­tion, arrest and prosecution of Tinubu for violating the laws of the land and breaching public trust by operating several for­eign accounts during his tenure as Lagos State governor between 1999 and 2007.

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“During this period, the state did not witness meaning­ful developments commensu­rate to its internally generated revenues and Federal Govern­ment allocations. We strong­ly believe that those foreign accounts were used to siphon Lagos funds. It still amazes us how a Tinubu, well known be­fore he became Lagos State gov­ernor, is now the undoubtedly wealthiest and most influential personality in politics in the country.

“The Code of Conduct Tri­bunal erroneously discharged him, but that does not remove the fact that the offence was committed. Now that the facts of Tinubu’s erroneous discharge are in the public glare and in the spirit of the hyped anti-corrup­tion crusade, President Buhari ought to take a stance and speak out on the proprietary of Tinu­bu walking free, while Saraki, Dasuki, Kanu, are being pros­ecuted with vigour.”

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It said rather than prosecute him, President Buhari and APC leaders “chose to adopt and cel­ebrate a betrayer of public ser­vice’, adding that this was evi­dent in the grounding of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, recently to celebrate Tinubu’s birthday, describing the act as an “unequivocal declaration of loyalty to Tinubu, who no doubt bankrolled the President’s elec­tion. No doubt that President Buhari is only mouthing anti-corruption and cannot summon the guts to prosecute APC lead­ers.”

The Party added: “The erro­neous discharge of Tinubu must be appealed against. Alterna­tively, Tinubu should be invit­ed, interrogated and prosecuted. He was discharged and not ac­quitted and there is no time lim­itation for criminal trial.”

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