…Warns against sweeping allegations under carpet
By Dirisu Yakubu
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, called for a a system-wide investigation into the alleged siphoning of N90 billion from the coffers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, in which top members of the Presidency and All Progressives Congress, APC, have been mentioned.
The party in a statement on Tuesday, signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan tasked the Presidency not to cover the allegation involving highly placed officers of the present administration.
The statement read: “The party laments that in the face of excruciating hardship being endured by citizens, a government, which came into office on the mantra of change and zero tolerance for corruption, has become enmeshed in atrocious acts of corruption.
“The PDP holds that it is pathetic and speaks volumes of the character of this administration that a top member of the cabinet is being fingered in this reprehensible siphoning of monies collected as taxes from millions of already impoverished Nigerians. Our party notes that this shocking allegation directly borders on gross misconduct and breach of public trust.
“The party therefore rejects the flimsy denials and threats being pushed through the FIRS as a belated attempt at cover-up by persons close to the Presidency.
“It is therefore held that the delay by the Presidency in applying established statutory processes and procedures of ordering an investigation into the issue only goes to confirm that the Buhari administration is a citadel of corruption.
“This is more so as reports are already in the public domain of how the money stolen from FIRS, was allegedly diverted to private purses and for other extraneous purposes including the 2019 extravagant campaigns of the APC. Nigerians expect that all our national resources should always be used to ensure the welfare of the citizenry and must be accounted for at all times.”
It would be recalled that a former chieftain of the APC, Timi Frank accused Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of financial recklessness in the handling of N90 billion released by the FIRS; an allegation that since been dismissed by the tax agency.