Oshiomole, Igbinedion face-off; Reps urges EFCC, ICPC to investigate alleged looting
By; Iyokpo Egbodo, Abuja.
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sergius Ogun has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to move in and investigate the allegations of looting by the feuding incumbent Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole, and former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
The lawmaker stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja over the weekend over recent verbal exchanges between the duo, and issues bothering on his constituency of Esan Northeast/Southeast of Edo, the politics therein and the nation at large.
“It is rather unfortunate that it has taken the governor of Edo state, his Excellency, Comrade Aliyu Adams Oshiomhole 7 years plus to come out to tell this country and the people of Edo state that the former governor stole money. I mean it is only in a country like Nigeria that this thing will happen.
“We know how he came to power and all that, and those that helped him there. If they fell out, well; it is very unfortunate. But I think whatever is happening is for the good of the people of Edo State. That is my honest assessment. Because now he said the former governor stole money and the former governor said you are a bigger thief. So we need revelation to know where Edo state money is. So I will urge the relevant agencies to go in and ask questions and recover our money to help develop our state”, he said.
On the controversy surrounding the handling of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the Buhari administration, the first-time lawmaker in the House of Representatives commended the policy, saying that it would help block leakages in the economy.
“The TSA was a laudable attempt to curb leakages. And as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as amended under section 162 says clearly that all funds must go to the federation account. Like the Information minister now, Lai Muhammed said, this was actually put in place by the previous administration, and I think it is a welcome development”, Ogun said.
Also on the controversy surrounding the conflicting judgments of election petition tribunals across the country, he said; “Most of these cases have just left the tribunal now going to the Court of Appeal. Well for the National Assembly, it will terminate at the Court of Appeal; but for the governorship, it will go to the Supreme Court. I believe that most of those judgments would be corrected at the Court of Appeal and the ones that will go to the Supreme Court. I also believe they would be corrected there.
“I would like to say being a lawyer; I am not in a hurry to criticise the Judiciary. If we go back to even Edo State, how did the governor get to power? It was through the judiciary. But people like him went and bastardized the place and the same thing with Rivers State. For a man that did not sit for election and because the Supreme Court wanted to make a point clearly and that ruling came. But what again what did he do, for years the Courts could not sit in Port Harcourt.
“My advice is that we should be patient and allow the litigants to exhaust all their avenues from the court of Appeal to the Supreme Court. And I would not be in a hurry to criticise the judiciary because we have seen landmark judgments in this country. So we should carefully nurture it being the last hope of the common man”.