Abuja –On Saturday the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the presidency to speak out on the reported arrest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s known confidant, Nasir Danu, at the Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom, for alleged passport scam and money laundering.
The party insisted that the silence by the Presidency on the matter since the report of Danu’s arrest and deportation is self-indicting.
According to a statement by the party’s(PDP) spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “this is in addition to apprehensions in the public space that he was caught while allegedly ferrying stolen currencies for persons said to be close to the Presidency.”
The party also said the Presidency must speak out on this huge scandal and allegations that Danu’s has been in the business of connecting the said close relation of the President with many oil contractors for alleged underhand deals through which billions of naira get frittered.
According to PDP, “this is beside allegations of being a front for scandalous contracts running into billions of naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, among other government agencies.”
The party cautioned the Buhari Presidency to perish the thoughts of concealing “this scandal as it is already in the public domain with Nigerians demanding for investigations.”
The PDP, therefore, charged the Buhari Presidency to immediately order an open investigation into the matter and expose those in this scandalous racket.
“Nigerians can now further see how the Buhari Presidency stinks. Our party, therefore, insists that for a government that always orchestrates claims of integrity and zero tolerance for corruption, it behoves on the Presidency to come clean as well as order an investigation into this huge allegation,” it said.
Meanwhile, the party yesterday congratulated Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for his victory at the River State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
The party describes the tribunal’s verdict, in affirming Governor Wike’s electoral victory, as an inevitable triumph of justice over forces that sought to undermine the will of the people and stall the wheel of progress in the state.
The PDP noted that Governor Wike’s victory in the March governorship election, in spite of the odds orchestrated by anti-democratic elements, underscores his popularity given his manifest commitment to the good of the people as evinced in the massive infrastructural development and unprecedented empowerment of the people since he took office in 2015.
While commending the tribunal for upholding justice in the matter, the party urged all its elected and appointed public officials to continue in their dedication and selfless service to the people, in line with the manifesto of the PDP and vision of our founding fathers.