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ICPC Indictment: PDP New Media Group wants Senator Akpabio Dropped As Minister-Designate

The Peoples Democratic Party National New Media Group (PDP-NNMG) has
said that President Muhammadu Buhari will be living up to his status
as the Grand Patron of corruption in Nigeria should he go ahead to
inaugurate former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill
Akpabio as a minister despite confirmation by the Independent Corrupt
Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) that he
fraudulently diverted hospital equipment meant for a government
cottage hospital in Ukana, Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom State to his private
use.

The ICPC had said on Thursday, in a statement signed by its
spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa that it recovered hospital equipment
meant for constituency project at the premises of Mma Obot Foundation,
belonging to Senator Godswill Akpabio. The anti-graft agency said it
recovered the items during its ongoing tracking of constituency
projects around the country.

Reacting, the PDP-NNMG, in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, and
signed by its National Coordinator, Lere Olayinka, said “With the ICPC
confirmation that he diverted hospital equipment that he ought to have
delivered to a public hospital since March 2018 as part of his
constituency project, in saner climes, Senator Akpabio would by now be
apologizing to Nigerians, especially the people of Akwa Ibom State
that he tried to shortchange and asking for the withdrawal of his
ministerial nomination.

“But because we are in Nigeria, under a government of a supposed man
of integrity, who has turned the Presidential Villa to a safe haven
for corrupt Nigerians, Akpabio will still carry on as if nothing
happened and he will even be invited to speak at anti-corruption
events soon.”

The group said Akpabio will be a minister without legitimacy, having
been officially robed with garment of corruption by the ICPC
revelation that he went to the ridiculous level of diverting a
generator and dialysis machine meant for the well-being of Akwa Ibom
people.

The PDP-NNMG maintained that President Buhari was the Grand of
Corruption in Nigeria, who will never go against his club members even
if they are seen emptying the Central Bank.

It said; “By the time Buhari begins to preside over a Federal
Executive Council meeting with a Timipre Sylva, a man whose 48 houses
seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under a
PDP government were returned under a corruption-fighting All
Progressives Congress (APC) government and his N19 billion fraud
dropped sitting on his left-hand side and Festus Keyamo, the man hired
by EFCC to prosecute Sylva on the right, it will be more clearer to
the entire world that the President is only hiding under
anti-corruption fight to persecute his perceived political foes.”

The group said Nigerians will one day ask questions on the looting of
their commonwealth being perpetrated inside President Buhari’s
bedroom, noting that “By the time the loots under Buhari’s government
is being recovered, Abacha loots will definitely be a child’s play.”

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