By Chris Ochayi
The Northern Patriotic Front (NPF), yesterday challenged President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to set up a high probe panel to unravel the mystery surrounding the controversial petition purportedly written to the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, over the licensing of 2.3 GHz spectrum.
Chairman of NPF, Alhaji Ali Abacha, who stated this in a statement signed with its Secretary, Tijani Abubakar, and circulated in Abuja, said the revelation that the purported petition was forged called for urgent investigation to unmask the perpetrators ”of this heinous crime.”
He called on the Federal Government to leave no stone unturned to unmask and bring to book the masterminds of the act which he said had caused the country national embarrassment.
Abacha urged the government to act urgently, in the light of the emerging twist, especially the revelation that A3 & O Limited, the company alleged to have written the petition had denied knowledge of such.
NPF chairman, however, advised Akunyili to beware of detractors, saboteurs and fifth columnists whose hidden agenda, he said wereÂ pure mischief, envy, and age- long pull him down syndrome.
He said: â€œWale Adeyinka, the Chairman of A3 & 0 Ltd, who allegedly spoke withÂ a national daily, said the purported petition did not emanate from his office and there were serious indications that the alleged petition was a forgery since, in his words ‘we did not apply for the frequency and we have no intention of doing so’.
“How can we petition against process that our clients are already involved in.
“I have never petitioned anybody in my life and I will not start with Ndukwe for whom I have great respect given what he had done for the country,’ said the chairman.
Describing Adeyinkaâ€™s denial as a great relief and credible statement of fact since he spoke in his capacity as the chairman of the company that allegedly wrote the purported petition, NPF also urged the government to, through the Inspector-General of Police, invite one Olusegun Akinloye who claimed to be the author of the forged petition.
Abacha said he should be invited since he had come out to confess that he did it and did not use his own letterhead but that of another company for whatever reasons.
According to Abacha, he who comes to equity must come with clean hands and since Akinloye is seeking equity, he too must do equityâ€.
â€œHe did not do that, rather he forged another manâ€™s letter head and this is not the best way to seek justice adding that Akinloye should have been courageous enough to state clearly his name, identity and the company he represented instead of the anonymous letter he wrote, adding that the issue he raised were serious enough to warrant his doing the correct thing.
While thanking the chairman of A3 & 0 Ltd for shedding light on the issue and thus vindicating the members of the NPF who had, on several occasion vouched for Alhaji Ahmed Joda the Chairman and Ernest Ndukwe the executive Vice Chairman respectively, Abacha added that the imbroglio was a clear case of sabotage, employed to distract the attention of the Minister.
He stressed further that it was a calculated attempt to diminish the towering achievements of the two icons of the Telecoms industry-people of impeccable integrity visionary and focused public servants who are robust and excellent examples of our re-branding exercise, given their track records and past achievements.