By Olasunkomi Akoni
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress (AC) has described the conviction of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Olabode George, as a well deserved judgment for massive corruption while in NPA.
In a reaction, the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Joe Igbokwe, yesterday said the development was a positive development in the anti-corruption campaign and called for prosecution of more looters in the country.
AC berated PDP for its reaction that it would fight back to free George, saying the unfortunate statement showed that PDP is remorselessly committed to promoting corruption and warned PDP not to take the patience of Nigerians for granted.
â€œThe conviction of Bode George is a welcome development and we believe that even as the sentence handed down to him was mild, it sends a positive signal to those that loot with impunity that someday they will stand trial for their offences.
â€œWe are happy that this character has been thrown to jail for his sundry role in looting the NPA and we salute the current EFCC chairman for effortlessly pulling this conviction through. We believe that there are many Bode Georges in the PDP and that the conviction of George will serve no useful purpose if other looters are not brought to justice.
â€œWe must note that there were frantic moves made by the Obasanjo regime to shield George from justice. This rendered the works of the former leadership of the EFCC a huge joke as this desperate effort lasted.
â€œIt also showed that the Obasanjo government was merely using anti-corruption as a ruse to promote his political interests. We hope the present government will not do same on the critical issue of fighting corruption.
â€œLagos AC notes that the country has been mindlessly looted in the past 10 years and that this bizarre act has accounted for why the country is today lying prostrate among all other nations of the world.
â€œWe want to state that more than 90 per cent of the resources that have accrued to Nigeria in the past 10 years have been recklessly plundered by members of the PDP and they should be made to face the law as Bode George was made to. We call that the EFCC and the law courts should ensure that the entire loot of Bode George is recovered and channelled back to the economy.
â€œWe also call on the EFCC to pay attention to those ministries and parastatals that are deemed as fat cows with which the PDP had been settling all manners of party jobbers since the last 10 years and ensure that such reckless plundering, as happened in NPA under Bode George, does not happen again.
â€œWe are sad that the PDP has shamelessly come out openly to offer some hope of reprieve for Bode George. This shows that the PDP is wedded to corruption, as was observed in the massive manner they have plundered Nigeria in the past 10 years. We shall all watch and see how it helps its convicted chieftain in this regard,â€ it said.