By Yemi Adebowale
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) national vice chairman South South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh has said the centenary city project spearheaded by former Secretary to the Government of the Federation under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was a blueprint for corruption.
Speaking with newsmen weekend in Abuja, PDP national vice chairman South South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh said a huge expanse of land was given to one man who went to incorporate the centenary city as a free trade zone, describing it as “crime personified.”
Dr. Ojougboh said he had personally writen a letter to President Jonathan on several occasions concerning the centenary city telling him it was wrong to create a free trade zone in the city centre. He said the centenary city project had made some Nigerians believe that the PDP is a corrupt party. “Find out. The centenary city is owned by one man and when he comes he will start calling names; Abdulsalam Abubakar, this and that. If you go to the Corporate Affairs Commission, you will see the owner of the centenary city.
There are two companies owned by one man who was in charge of the office of the SGF. “Somebody within that office called the SGF had (the) impunity to tell Nigerians lies that the centenary city is a public private partnership arrangement; I mean it is a lie. In fact, huge chunk of land was given to only one man and it didn’t stop there. He now went to incorporate the entity as a free zone. Where have you ever seen it in this world? It is crime personified. “But we are going to re-build the party and if we don’t tell ourselves the truth, we won’t be able to rebuild the party. I have told you why the PDP lost the election.
But as a PDP member, I am telling you that PDP is not corrupt. But what I know is the issue of the centenary city which I know that, that place is a blueprint for corruption and that entity is corrupt. That is what I am saying,” he said.
A source at the office of the SGF who spoke to BREAKING TIMES on condition of anonymity on Sunday disclosed that Anyim as SGF was the sole brain behind the Centenary Project and unilaterally took decisions on procurement, design and other contractual concerns regarding the project. “The Abuja Centenary City project is Anyim’s pet project. He alone knows what is really going on there. Even though former President Jonathan set up a Ministerial Committee for the Centenary Celebrations, Anyim relegated everybody and took total control. The former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed for instance saw the plan of the Centenary City for the first time in the hands of Anyim. Things are not done that way”, the source disclosed.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ojougboh also questioned the release of over N700 million bailout package for states by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying: “The issue with it is the method of disbursement. Did the National Assembly approve it? You see, this is where democracy comes in. Was it appropriated, that bail out? Does it have legal backing? The PDP is watching.