By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu
AS the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar begins his contest of the just concluded presidential election in court, son of late elder statesman, Samuel Ogbemudia Jr has described the decision as a distraction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to take Nigeria to the next level.
Speaking with Vanguard yesterday in Benin City, Ogbemudia also urged Buhari to redouble his efforts to reposition Nigeria for development just as he challenged him to increase focus on security and reduce the use of Nigeria as a dumping ground for all manner of products across the world.
He said; “I see his going to the tribunal is a distraction from the power sector probe and the oil blocs’ allocation because they believe that if they just keep quiet, the probe may tell on them. Although the probe will continue that is what they are just trying to distract the world from.
“They know they cannot succeed with what they want, there is no way they can get the presidency through the court, it is just a distraction for this government. They want to use anyway to distract this government that is what they want. They want to distract the government from the main objectives, part of which is that they should return our $16b and let our power sector work and also the oil sector, the oil bloc licenses for individuals should not be renewed, the oil licenses should be given to the states”
On tasks before Buhari, Ogbemudia said; “He should improve on his good works, he should continue what he is doing but at the same time increase the monitoring of what is being done and coming into the country. We are fighting global terrorism, terrorist organisations from all around the world, not just Nigeria, they are all over the world but they see Nigeria as a fertile ground to come and live because they feel there are a lot of loopholes that will enable survive here so Buhari should do more in tackling that.
“He should check sales of illegal drugs, fake products coming into the country because they see Nigerian as a dumping ground for those things”