The Peoples Democratic Party : source: file copy

The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday called for the probe of the alleged link between the reportedly diverted military funds and the N1.032tn allegedly used by President Muhammadu Buhari’s family members to acquire shares of Etisalat Nigeria (now 9 Mobile) and Keystone Bank Plc.

The PDP urged INTERPOL, Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to urgently do this.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, during a media briefing in Abuja said the probe should be done by independent investigators.

According to him, the investigation has become imperative following the alleged President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to directly speak out on the allegations against his family members.

He added that Buhari had yet to explain how his family members came about the N1.032tn for the alleged acquisition.

However, speaking on the allegations, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said that the President would not respond to them.

Adesina, who spoke on a television station last night, asked the PDP to come out with evidence, saying anything less than that would indicate that the former ruling party was merely chasing shadows.

He said that the Presidency “is not idle and because of that, we will not respond to that.”

However, Ologbondiyan, who is the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, said the party’s demand was in view of public insinuations that the money might have been sourced from funds meant for the purchase of weapons for the military.

He said, “The Buhari Presidency has blatantly refused to respond to allegations that military funds are being used to finance Buhari’s re-election campaign which even manifested in the use of military resources to produce the APC’s campaign materials, including an electronic memento booked by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali.

“The PPCO is deeply worried by the disturbing videos of our gallant soldiers languishing and being killed by insurgents due to neglect and failure of the Buhari administration to adequately equip them in the fronts.”

He added, “The PPCO is also unhappy with similar videos, showing our soldiers protesting and threatening to retreat from the fronts, while grumbling against their neglect by the Buhari administration.

“This should not be the way to go for our nation. Our soldiers are brave and have continued to show the highest form of professionalism and unmatched patriotism in risking and laying down their lives in the defence of our fatherland. Therefore, any action by anybody that is capable of reducing their morale in the fronts must never be allowed.”

Ologbondiyan alleged that there was a vicious attempt by the All Progressives Congress to use diversionary tactics to dismiss allegations of corruption against Buhari.

He further alleged that the APC was attempting to dismiss an allegation of Buhari family members’ involvement in acquiring substantial shares in both 9 Mobile and Keystone Bank Plc worth over a N1tn.

He urged Buhari to speak out on the allegations.

He also urged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, to immediately disentangle himself and his commission from an alleged fresh plot by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to compromise the electoral guidelines in order to pave the way for the alteration of the results of the presidential election to favour Buhari.

He warned Yakubu that Nigerians were already aware of the pressure allegedly being mounted on him by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to force the commission to drop the display of results at the polling units as well as the electronic transmission of results to INEC server from its guidelines.

Ologbondiyan said, “The Buhari Presidency is desperate to remove these requirements because the display of results at the polling units ensures that results posted at all levels remain those originally announced at the various polling units, while the electronic transmission to the INEC server ensures that the results from the polling centres are not tampered with.

“The PDP also demands that INEC allow both local and international observers access to its situation room to ensure that the final figures are not tampered with.”

He added, “Prof. Yakubu must not succumb to the pressure of the Buhari Presidency, because doing so will definitely set him on a collision course with Nigerians.

“This demand has become imperative in the face of allegations and public apprehensions that the INEC chairman is being offered humongous sums of money, running into billions of naira, by the agents of the APC and the cabal at the Buhari Presidency to accede to their demands.

“Information at our disposal further reveals that the INEC chairman has been under pressure from this group said to be coordinated by President Buhari’s blood relation in INEC, who, we are surprised, Prof. Yakubu still allows around himself.”

According to him, Nigerians will directly hold Yakubu responsible should these two important guidelines that guarantee transparency in the elections suddenly disappear from the INEC manual.

Ologbondiyan said, information was rife that Yakubu was contemplating the deployment of past National Youth Service Commission members for the 2019 elections.

He said the PDP rejected the ploy to use APC card-carrying members as polling officers.

According to him, it is very instructive to state that the on-going strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities would not prevent lecturers or university administrators from being deployed during the elections.

He warned that if INEC wanted to use ASUU members for the 2019 elections, the ongoing strike would not be an excuse to deploy APC members.

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