BY LAJA THOMAS
LAGOS lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Bamidele Aturu, has petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan and Federal Executive Council, FEC, on the lingering Keke NAPEP crisis, citing abuse of power.
Aturu, counsel to plaintiffs in the suit challenging the management of the National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP, relating to the purchase of tricycles, known as Keke NAPEP, urged the Federal Executive Council not to deliberate on the bid tender for the fourth phase of the NAPEP project.
In the petition, Aturu said “it is certainly no longer news that the fourth phase of the Keke NAPEP project meant to ameliorate the harsh conditions of the poor in Nigeria by purchasing and selling at a subsidised rate to the less privileged, has been bogged down in needless controversy and confusion.
Thus, it is clear that members of the Federal Executive Council are all aware of the potential of the controversy to detract from the advertised resolve of the Federal Government to fight poverty and corruption.”
Speaking further, Aturu said the controversy and confusion surrounding the huge project conservatively estimated at about N2.5 billion had serious fiscal implications and raised weighty issues of governance.
He added that as an officer in the temple of justice, he was concerned for now by aspects of the controversy that have implications for the rule of law and an attempt as a people to build liberal democracy.
It will be recalled that on March 14, 2011, Aturu instituted a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division on behalf of his clients, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, and Mr Peter Osamgbi.