The ADC to the First Lady, Sanni Baban-Inna has been accused in a N2.5B Scandal of defrauding unsuspecting associates and government officials by exploiting the privileges of his office and access to the First lady.
The (People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the country’s main opposition party, have charged president Buhari to probe the N2.5 billion scandal as a show of his commitment to fighting corruption.
Buhari ran on a platform of sweeping corruption out of Nigerian politics but the opposition party has many times expressed their belief that only lip service is being paid this declaration. This recent scandal has given rise to new suspicions about the president’s commitment to fighting corruption, even when it comes up in his camp, not just without.
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In a statement on Wednesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the PDP, said the scandal has vindicated the stand of the opposition party that Buhari “presides over a government of corruption”.
The spokesman is pushing for the case to be tried publicly, in open court for the course of justice to take its place.
‘PDP challenges President Muhammadu Buhari to show his zero tolerance for corruption by allowing for an open inquest into the N2.5 billion scandal, in which the first lady, Aisha Buhari, has already been entangled; instead of the spirited effort by the presidency to suppress a matter that is already in public domain,’ the statement read.
Ologbondiyan cast doubt on the pro-poor stance of the president and his family, providing context that his relatives are known to live expensive lives, thus betraying the image of ‘the first family as saintly and poor.’
In his statement, Ologbondiyan mentioned that there have been ‘allegations of acquisitions of sprawling and choice property in Nigeria and other countries by persons close to the president.’
He, therefore, charged that the president shows impartiality in pursuing justice for all by taking up this matter as soon as possible. More so, because ‘It is common knowledge that aides of former presidents and those of former first ladies are currently facing trial in open court over similar allegations and this should not be an exception.’
‘Moreover, the PDP invites Nigerians to note that the presidency has suddenly gone dumb on a N2.5 billion fraud under its roof. Does this not amount to an admittance of complicity by the Buhari presidency, which is becoming notorious as a den of certificate forgers and persons of questionable character.
‘The PDP, therefore, holds that since issues have been joined and high profile personalities in the presidency named, it hopes this matter will not be swept under the carpet.’
In a statement by her Director of Information, the Aisha Buhari denounced the ADC and disassociates herself from the scandal, saying that ‘She uses this opportunity to call on all those in positions of authority to rise above intimidation by their aides and deal with such attitudes as extortion by name-dropping, especially within the Presidency. As she always emphasizes, this government was voted into office based on the trust and confidence of the people.’ it stated