ByÂ Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS – The Action Congress (AC) has warned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr.Â Michael Aondoakaa, not to plunge the country into an unnecessary crisis by misleading President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and nudging him to a needless face-off with Lagos State, over the creation of the 37 local council development areas (LCDAs).
The National Publicity Secretary of AC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in his reaction, yesterday, said the AGF instigated the current crisis over the LCDAs, through a memo he forwarded to the President on April 30, to divert attention from his (AGFâ€™s) poor performance since assuming office over two years ago, and his orchestrated collapse ofÂ the war against corruption.
Similarly, the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of AC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Yarâ€™Adua government were clearly out to pursue a selfish political interest in Lagos in this renewed matter as the LCDA issue had been satisfactorily settled by the Supreme Court.
He added that the issuance of threats by PDP and Yarâ€™Adua over the LCDAs will not resolve anything as it is founded on an illegal attempt to forcefully promote the selfish interests ofÂ PDP.
Mohammed, in his statement, said in more than two years as Attorney-General,Â Aondoakaa has not impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians because he lacked vision.
â€œThis man has unearthed the issue of the 37 LCDAs from nowhere just to divert attention from the various scandals over which he has become an issue, rather than being a part of the solution.
â€œWhenever you hear his name, it is one controversy or another. The Halliburton or Siemens bribery scandals have yet to be settled, but Mr. Aondoakaa â€“ who has been accused of trying to sabotage the investigations into the scandals – will rather engage in shadow-chasing than tackle these serious issues. He will rather misadvice the President than help expose those involved in these scandals, which have embarrassed Nigeria globally.
â€œThen, there is the fight against corruption, which has gone into the doldrums since this Attorney-General assumed office,â€™â€™ AC noted.