N2.5bn Scandal: PDP Scorns Buhari, Says Wife Is Entangled

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President Buhari, PDP
President Buhari, PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Wednesday, challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to show his zero tolerance for corruption by ordering an inquest into the N2.5 billion scandal his wife was entangled.

The party said nothing was more scandalous than the fact that while President Buhari was in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York mouthing his war against corruption, a huge broth of corruption, in which his wife was mentioned, was simmering under his own roof.

In a statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, Wednesday, the party said: “President Buhari must have learned that Nigerians are not buying the lame denial by our First Lady, who had rushed to town to disown her detained security aide, Sani Baban- Inna, just because the lid is off the can of worms.

“This scandal has further vindicated the stand of the PDP that President Buhari presides over a government of corruption, where his close relatives, officials and a cabal of associates are enmeshed in sleazy deals but parading as saints.

“It is instructive to note that the First Lady has already admitted that her detained security aide defrauded ‘unsuspecting associates and officials’, a position which inadvertently exposes the attempt by the police to conceal the matter.”

The party noted that it had “always pointed to the very expensive lifestyle and personal effects, including posh jewelries, daily paraded by close relatives of Mr. President, thus belying gimmicks and stunts of the first family being saintly and pro-poor.

“Since the First Lady, in her statement, confessed that her security aide defrauded ‘unsuspecting associates and officials’, the PDP demands that the aide be promptly docked in an open court and given the opportunity to defend himself and expose his accomplices in the alleged fraud.”