Sunday, August 9, 2015

EFCC Probe: Civil Society accuses Osinbajo, APC governors of shielding Aregbesola

The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State CSCEO has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo over his alleged interference in Osun matter and his attempt to shield the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola from probe.

CSCEO claimed that it has uncovered a clandestine plan by the VP in conjunction with all the governors on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party’s national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to save Aregbesola from investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by raising a sum of N4.7 billion through a pet project tagged “Operation Save Rauf Aregbesola Project(OSRAP) for the said assignment.

Besides, the group alleged that part of the “OSRAP” fund had been set aside to prosecute illegal dismissal of a serving Osun State High Court Judge, Justice Olamide Oloyede from the bench by the National Judicial Council(NJC), as part of the effort to shield Aregbesola from probe over the petition authored by the serving judge.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, the Chairman of CSCEO, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman urged the apex judicial body to disregard any petition sent against Justice Oloyede, noting that the judge did not commit any offence than being on the side of the people on the matter.

Sulaiman stated that the conference was imperative as a way to keep informing the members of the public on the present sorry situation of the State under the tyrannical and brutal government of Aregbesola, calling on all lovers of natural, constitutional and social justice all over the world to shift keen attention to Osun State where Aregbesola provided poverty, hunger,death and underdevelopment as dividends of democracy to the people of the State.

“Our organization has uncovered the diabolical plan of the Osinbajo, APC governors and the ruling APC National leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to squander sum of N4.7 billion to protect Aregbesola from the anti-graft bodies such as the EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences Commission(ICPC) from probe over an alleged gross financial misconduct after they are aware that President Buhari has queried the anti-graft bodies on what they are still waiting for to commence thorough investigation into the alleged financial impropriety of the State under Aregbesola”.

“However, as we are addressing this press conference, the APC governors have gave consent to raise sum of N2billion, while VP and Tinubu are to drop sum of N2billion for a project tagged OSRAP and Mr. Aregbesola has been directed to release the remaining 700 million, which N100 million part of the sum were released few days to engage two Senior Advocate of Nigeria's (SAN) to author a watering Press Statement in favour governor recently as their consultancy fees for their shady job”.

The Coalition further state, “While Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo agreed to release sum of N1billion for the said project because of his financial interest in the State under Aregbesola, as the Chairman of Slava Yeditepe Construction Company that got the juicy contract of building the Model schools and roads where the meager resources of the State were siphoned into the private purse of few individuals, therefore, any matter relating to finance that affects Aregbesola will definitely affecting Osinbajo through his firm(Slava Yeditepe) and APC governors and Bola Tinubu were agreed to save one of them and loyal godson respectively.

“Meanwhile, part of the “OSRAP‘s fund ‘would be used to bribe the members of the National Judicial Council (NJC) through VP for illegal dismissal of Justice Oloyede from the bench, as part of effort to save Aregbesola. But for courageous step of the Judge by using her sacred pen to give direction to the downtrodden masses, Justice Oloyede has written her name in gold for generation yet unborn”.

He therefore described those lawyers supporting Aregbesola as money mongers and gold digger that constituted themselves into cabal in the legal profession, further disclosed that the group rejected in its entirety the outcome of the State APC House of Assembly Panel on the Oloyede’s petition, as it confirmed the Coalition’s earlier prediction to give clean bill to Mr. Aregbesola and also declared that the courageous Lady Judge was mentally unfit.

He added that: “More so, the Coalition has rejected in its entirety the outcome of the shameless panel of the seven-man APC State House of Assembly Panel constituted to investigate the petition written to the Assembly by Justice Oloyede, calling for credible and thorough investigation into the alleged gross financial mismanagement of the state resources on frivolities level against Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy,Mrs Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, by stating that the petition lacks merit.

“We are not disappointed by the House of Assembly panel outcome of the petition, as it was justified our earlier prediction of the panel reports and as well confirmed the opinion of the downtrodden people of the State that Osun Assembly is rubber stamp of Aregbesola, which can only bark but cannot bite.

“We also use this medium to reject the panel recommendation that the State Judicial Service Commission and National Judicial Council (NJC) should sanction courageous Justice Folahanmi Oloyede for no just cause than being on the side of the masses.


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