The Major Opposition Party in Nigeria, The people Democratic Party has accused the leadership of the House of Representative of corruption and alleged that the leadership has been frustrating the probe into the mis-management and corruption by some agencies. The opposition party want the speaker of the House , Rt Honorable . Femi Gbajabiamila to step aside.
PDP alleged that the decision of the Speaker to shut down the sitting of various committees investigating malfeasance in the executive branch of government, is a deliberate design to cover the stench of corruption oozing out under the administration of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) .
This was contained in a statement titled “PDP Berates Gbajabiamila For Frustrating Corruption Investigation in the House of Representatives … Asks Speaker to Step Aside,” signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Saturday.
The PDP said, “If the Honoruable Speaker is inclined towards allowing the covering of corruption, against the purpose for which he was elected to lead the House, then, he should take a bow and step aside.”
Ologbondiyan described the shutting down of ongoing probes by the APC leadership of the House as a clear example of corruption fighting back from within the government circle, which must be condemned by all Nigerians.
He said the PDP “notes that such incursion into the activities of the committees is to quench the fight against corruption as well as to frustrate whistle blowers just because APC has become an ocean of corruption where the members are swimming
“It is clear that the shutdown directive is targeted at frustrating revelations from ongoing investigations on the $500bn foreign loan from China, particularly as it relates to the mortgaging of our nation’s sovereignty to China.
“This is in addition to the investigations into the humongous corruption in government agencies including the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund the N300bn unremitted revenue to the federation account as well as allegations of corruption in government earnings and the expenditure in Ministries, Department and Agencies under the APC.”
The PDP spokesperson further said “Our party therefore holds that any parliament that deliberately frustrates its statutory responsibility to call the activities of the executive to question has lost the essence of its own existence. The leadership that led it into such constitutional suicide must be held culpable.