Leadership (Abuja)

7 October 2007

Nigeria: Etteh - PDP Endorsed Corruption - Isyaku Ibrahim

Abuja — The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come under heavy criticism for siding with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Olubunmi Etteh, who is currently mired in a contract scam.

A founding father of the PDP, Alhaji Isyaku Ibrahim told LEADERSHIP Sunday yesterday in Abuja that the endorsement of the party through its national chairman, Ahmadu Ali, amounted to "a vote for corruption"

Ali had declared that the party will not abandone Etteh in her travail, pointing out that the party will find a way of resolving the crisis in the usual "family matter" way

Isyaku however noted that: "Ali, by that pronouncement has shown that our party which we formed in 1998 is one that promotes corruption. In other countries, Etteh should be in jail. But what do we find? People like Ali is praising her and giving her honors as if she deserved a medal for misappropriating fund. For me, a founding member of that party, it is indeed a sad day."

On the ongoing debate between the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the EFCC, Ibrahim said: "Ribadu should know that it is the executive that set him up and not the national assembly. That is the basis of this whole argument. He is answerable to the AGF. Is it the national assembly that gave him a job? If he does not know who his employers are then it is sad and he is not fit to run that establishment."

He said further that the root of the problem was how the former president Obasanjo used the outfit. "Ordinarily, the EFCC is a wonderful idea, but it was hijacked by Obasanjo and he used it as he willed. Remember, the allocation that got to the states and the local government are not up to what got the federal government. But what can Obasanjo show for eight years.

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