CNPP asks Tinubu, Atiku to withdraw from presidential race over alleged misdeeds
Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has demanded that the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, immediately withdraw from the February 2023 contest over alleged vices.
In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, CNPP said latest revelations and counter allegations against both presidential candidates have brought to the front burner urgent need to ensure corrupt politicians and persons with connections to illicit businesses are not allowed to emerge as political parties’ flag bearers in elections at all levels. The CNPP said: “While we agree with the APC presidential campaign council that security agencies should immediately arrest Atiku for prosecution over his Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) systems, as against open corruption, we also call for Tinubu to subject himself to security screening over alleged illicit business ventures and corruption allegation bordering on the use of SPV, like the Alpha Beta.”
According to the group, “for the CNPP, both APC and PDP are right in their calls and counter calls for their respective presidential candidates to step aside for thorough investigation, as the allegations made by a whistleblower, Mr. Michael Achimugu, against Atiku and the revelations equally made by award-winning journalist and researcher, David Hundeyin, bordering on international crime, specifically, trafficking in narcotics and taking proceeds of narcotics are all germane.
“These are serious allegations that impact negatively on corruption, national security and trans-border criminal activities. Crime prevention is part of the fundamental duties of the security agencies anywhere in the world and Nigeria is not an exception.” It noted further: “There is reasonable suspicion that Atiku engaged in syndicated corruption at hi-tech magnitudes as Vice President of Nigeria under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, where companies were alleged to have been deliberately incorporated purely as vehicles for unfettered siphoning of Nigeria’s commonwealth.
“Little wonder former President Obasanjo’s book, ‘My Watch’, in chapter 36, which was devoted to discussing alleged corruption and money laundering cases linked to Atiku, detailed some ‘corrupt involvement’ of the former Vice President with a company called iGATE, and William Jefferson, a former U.S. lawmaker, who was later jailed for 13 years over corruption.
Crisis Hits Lagos LP
There seems to be no end in sight to the crisis rocking the Labour Party (LP) as an interest group within the party, Nigerians Arise (NA), has called for the immediate sack of the suspended National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Abayomi Arabambi.
The group is a statement signed by its National Chairman, Eniola Arowolo and Secretary, Hauwa Idris, accusing Arabambi of gross misconduct.
It lamented that despite the suspension of the party official over his role in the suspension of Dr. Doyin Okupe, the Ex-Director-General of Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), the suspended spokesman has continued to work against the interest of the party.
According to the group, Arabambi had since his suspension demonstrated greater mischief by inflicting more injuries on the fortunes of the party through anti party activities. The statement reads “we are forced to call for the expulsion of LP’s suspended National Publicity Secretary with immediate effect before he and his allies outside the party succeed in truncating the coming victory of Peter Obi and the LP.
Nigerian Skitmaker Dies In Fatal Car Accident
Nigerian comedian and skitmaker, Kamal Iliyasu, popularly known as Kamal Aboki, has died in a fatal car accident.
Naija News learnt that the Hausa indigenous comedian died on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, on his way from Borno to Kano State.
Confirming the death, his elder brother, Usman, during an interview with BBC, disclosed that their mother had a suspicion that something terrible would happen to Kamal. However, someone later called him to inform him about the death of his brother who went to Maiduguri for an album launch. According to him, the skitmaker got involved in a ghastly motor accident that claimed his life while on his way back to Kano.
Usman said Kamal’s death had left his family unsettled, adding that he will be greatly missed because he is one of the nicest people in the world. He said: “On Monday, my mother asked me to call Kamal around 5 pm, and he said he was already inside a vehicle to Kano. Then, my mother started feeling somehow. “Later, someone called me to ask if I had someone travelling from Maiduguri to Kano, and I told the person yes. It was at that point the caller broke the news of what happened to me.
“He is always joking and playing with people. Everyone will miss him.” Kamal is a viral sensation on TikTok, with a large number of followers and he became popular after his Hausa-themed skits surfaced online.
Source: Naija News