NNPC scandal: Baru, Babachir working for Buhari’s second term - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that top government officials are keeping “stolen money” in a special pool for the prosecution of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term ambition.

The PDP alleged that the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru and the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, were involved.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, had in a letter to Buhari, accused Baru of illegal practices and insubordination. 

Addressing a news conference at the Wadata Plaza in Abuja, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, demanded that Baru be suspended.

PDP said it suspected that powerful people in the corridors of power were “tacitly involved in the scandal rocking the NNPC.”

Adeyeye said, “If the president’s powerful Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, could sit on the NNPC board and such a calamity is taking place without an eyelid being blinked, we are forced to believe that the stealing is being done to the advantage of the president who has shown by his body language, that the only thing that matters most to him for now, is his second term ambition.

“Will it be considered a hate speech if we say the money being stolen by President Buhari is being kept aside into a special pool for the prosecution of his second term ambition?

“We challenge the president to prove us wrong by allowing his allies being caught up in acts of brazen stealing of our commonwealth get punished in accordance with the laws of the land. Anything aside this, we will take as confirmation of our suspicion that the rot is from the very top.

“The allegations raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is a confirmation of our earlier stance that the APC administration is in tatters, an administration without coordination, but one planted firmly in the hands of a few cabal who are stealing the nation dry while the president continues to feign ignorance of the sickening stench,” he said.

“The sum involved in the NNPC scandal is $25bn: less than 10 per cent of that ($2bn) is involved in the so called arms fund allegedly converted by the former NSA, for which hundreds of Nigerians have been arrested and hounded,” he added. 

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