BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA: The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, Friday, criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for flushing away N413.68 billion to get votes in the 2015 presidential election in Kano State.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr Austin Ibok, while reacting to withdrawal of the criminal charges against Mohammed, son of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, said Jonathan withdrew that case because of the votes he hopes the Abachas will garner for him in Kano State at the 2015 presidential election.
It would be recalled that the government, through a private counsel, Daniel Enwelum, had filed the charge of nine counts against Mohammed, accusing him of “dishonestly receiving stolen property” and saying he “voluntarily assisted in concealing money” belonging to the state, estimated at N446.3billion.
But criminal charge it filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, against Mohammed, was withdrawn this week Wednesday by the government
The umbrella body of the registered political parties, while condemning the federal government said the withdrawal is politically motivated.
According to it, “It is with outrage that CNPP received the news from Minister of Finance and Coordinating Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala that President Goodluck Jonathan is flushing down the drain N100 billion, in fact N413.68 billion for the 2015 presidential election.
The CNPP quoted the Finance Minister as saying, “we can confirm that Nigeria will on June 25, 2014 receive the sum of Euro 167 million from the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, part of the looted funds recovered from the Abacha family,” said, “going further she said that the Federal Government withdraw the N100 billion charges against Mohammed Abacha, to ease the return of the N36.32 billion.
CNPP raised contentions issues that, “If Mohammed Abacha is still in the opposition will President Jonathan wave N100 billion or to be exact N413.68 billion?
“Does it add arithmetically to flush away N100 billion to ease the return of N36.32 billion? Is it not the same government that pronounced publicly that they are recovering N446 billion from Mohammed Abacha?
“Is it only the Abachas that looted and siphoned our commonwealth abroad? Is the Jonathan administration not aware of the favourable international laws for the recovery of looted funds?”
it said, “we are at pains that not only has President Jonathan blatantly refused to officially and diligently request for the recovery of our looted funds by other Nigerians; but has because of the votes he hopes the Abachas will garner for him in Kano flushed away N413.68 billion.
CNPP repeats that the withdrawal is politically motivated and therefore the reason given for the withdrawal of the Abacha’s charges by the Minister of Finance is patently false.
“In sum, President Jonathan is corrupting the electoral process and has indeed started rigging the 2015 presidential election.
“He also needs be reminded that waving and limiting the recovery of looted funds running into billions of dollars only to the Abachas has led to his gross incapacity to fix critical infrastructure like the completion of East-West road, Mambilla Power Plant, revamp the Coal industry, award direct contract for 2nd Niger Bridge and return the Polytechnics to the classroom.”