The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the recent finding of a $65 million (N31 billion) fraud at the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), allegedly involving President Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Gimba Yau Kumo.
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The party urged the ICPC to ignore reported pressure from the Buhari Presidency’s cabal and instead track down Yau Kumo, the former Managing Director of the FMBN, who had already been proclaimed wanted, and bring him and his accomplices to justice.
The PDP expressed disappointment that “the Buhari Presidency has remained silent in the face of this huge fraud involving Mr. President’s son in-law; a beneficiary of the primitive family patronage in the Buhari administration, only for certain members of the cabal to be reportedly mounting pressure on the ICPC to let him off the hook,” according to Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s national publicity secretary.
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While millions of industrious Nigerians are unable to afford daily meals and other basic requirements of life due to the “misrule and corruption of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its administration,” they are daily bombarded with news of rampant treasury looting under President Buhari’s watch, according to the PDP.
“Isn’t it ironic that government officials, cronies, and relatives of those in power are looting our agencies and carting away our common paternity leave at a time when the Buhari administration is moving to cut workers’ salaries; increase the cost of fuel, electricity, and other tariffs; in a country where citizens have been subjected to the worst forms of poverty; government officials, cronies, and relations of those in power are busy looting our agencies and carting away our common The PDP was questioned.
The fact that the looted FMBN money was part of funds contributed by Nigerians to meet their home needs has instead fallen under “the predatory proclivities of the APC administration” is even more distressing, according to the PDP.
While the Buhari Presidency wears a “holier than thou” mentality, the party complained that “the nation’s vaults have been set open for ruthless pillaging by family members, relations, and cronies in the Buhari Presidency.”
“Only last week, the nation was startled by reports of over N165 billion in stealing at the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) under the supervision of the suspended Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, and the purview of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, prompting widespread calls for their dismissal and prosecution.
“This is in addition to Mrs. Edith Amaechi, the transportation minister’s wife, allegedly being involved in the N48 billion contract scandal currently engulfing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”
The PDP has urged President Buhari to allow an open investigation into Mr. President’s son-in-law as well as those implicated in the NPA and NDDC fraud.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s relationship with Gimba Yau Kumo, who was recently proclaimed wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with fraud, was severed on Friday night by the Presidency.
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Gimba Kumo, who was wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) for a $65 million fraud, is no longer President Muhamadu Buhari’s in-law, according to the government.
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