27 March 2016

Nigeria: Demonstrate Equity, Fairness in War Against Corruption - APC

The Federal Government has been enjoined to demonstrate equity, fairness and sincerity in the fight against corruption in the country.

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) and deputy speaker of the Kwara State State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Okedare, made the call in Ilorin on Sunday while speaking with journalists on the recent ruling over the application filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on allegations of false asset declaration levelled against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

According to him, "Nigerians are demanding a transparent legal process as against the ongoing abuse of prosecutorial chain, which lacks moral and legal merits".

‎He berated some politicians in the country for allegedly using prosecution as a weapon of intimidation to score political points at this phase of the nation's development.

The lawmaker also expressed concern over what he described as sectional trend in the anti graft crusade, which according to him seeks to punish one person for an offence for which it had set another person free.

He referred to the acquittal of former governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Tinubu, charged for the same offence, stressing that the same trend must be followed in the interest of equity and fair play.

The Deputy Speaker said if the justice system fails to do this, it signal the failure of the anti corruption fight for which the present administration and the APC are well respected by Nigerians.

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