Frame-up allegation: APC, PDP Reps disagree on Obasanjo, Buhari

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Members of the All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the House of Representatives have disagreed over the alarm raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration planned to frame him up.

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While the APC lawmakers dismissed Obasanjo’s allegation, their PDP counterparts said it should be taken seriously.The Chief Whip of the House, Mr Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, in an interview with The PUNCH, alleged that the former President was guilty, hence his fears.

He stated, “Indeed, the guilty are always afraid. Obasanjo’s claims are no more than a mere expression of guilt. Nigerians must not forget the huge financial scandals perpetrated under Obasanjo’s administration.

“The $16bn claimed to have been spent on power, the misappropriation involved in the so-called privatisation of government assets and the unprecedented abuse of our foreign reserves in his tenure to mention but a few, cannot be swept under the carpet.”

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Speaking further, Ado-Doguwa, an APC member from Kano State, added, “It is only my hope that the Buhari anti-graft crusade will not be distracted by such a baseless outcry by Chief Obasanjo, trying to divert public attention.

“It’s my candid opinion that nobody is above the law. The government must, therefore, be ready to bring Obasanjo to book by compelling him to provide answers to some of the weighty allegations against him and his government.”

But a member of the PDP from Kogi State, Mr Karimi Sunday, asked the Buhari administration to come clean of fears being expressed by persons with opposition views that it planned to frame them up over crimes they did not commit.

He noted that Obasanjo, a former President, had access to privileged information and was not likely to be flippant.

Sunday spoke further, “The thing is that, could it be a coincidence that people with opposing views to the government’s are expressing these concerns?

“Recall that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, raised a similar alarm shortly before the police linked him with the Offa robbery suspects.

“Now, it is Obasanjo, a former President, whom we can’t say is given to frivolity or can be presumed to speak without facts.

“It is even showing in the pattern the government is executing its anti-corruption war. All the major persons so far arraigned are the PDP members.

 

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