Lagos - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has called for the immediate arrest of the former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu.
The party wants the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to arrest and prosecute Tinubu for violating the laws of the land and breaching public trust during his tenure as governor of the state between 1999 and 2003.
The party in a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani said the former governor was erroneously discharged by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) during his trial when he was charged for holding 10 foreign accounts contrary to section 7 of the CCB & Tribunal Act, Cap 15 LFN, 2004 as amended.
The party said during Tinubu’s tenure as governor, the state did not witness meaningful developments commensurate to its internally generated revenues and federal government allocations
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The party said it believed that those foreign accounts were used to steal Lagos funds.
The statement reads: “We demand the immediate invitation, arrest and prosecution of Tinubu for violating the laws of the land and breaching public trust by operating several foreign accounts during his tenure as Lagos state governor between 1999 and 2007.
“During this period, the state did not witness meaningful developments commensurate to its internally generated revenues and federal government allocations. We strongly believe that those foreign accounts were used to steal Lagos funds.
“It still amazes us how a Tinubu, well known before he became lagos state governor, is now the undoubtedly wealthiest and ‘influential’ personality out of politics in the country. The code of conduct tribunal erroneously discharged but that does not remove the fact that the offence was committed.
“Now that the facts of Tinubu’s erroneous discharge are in the public glare and in the spirit of the hyped anti-corruption crusade, President Muhammadu Buhari ought to take a stance and speak out on the proprietary of Tinubu walking free while Bukola Saraki, SamboDasuki, Nnamdi Kanu, are being prosecuted with vigour.
“Alas! Rather, the president and other APC leaders chose to adopt and celebrate a betrayer of public service. The President particularly recently directed the grounding of the capital city to celebrate Tinubu’s birthday.
"An unequivocal declaration of loyalty to Tinubu who no doubt bankrolled the president’s election. No doubt that president Buhari is only mouthing anti-corruption and cannot summon the gut to prosecute APC leaders.”
“The erroneous discharge of Tinubu must be appealed against.
Alternatively, Tinubu should be invited, interrogated and prosecuted. He was discharged and not acquitted and there is no time limitation for criminal trial, the party stated.
- News 24