The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, called for the probe of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, over the N5.8 billion National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, alleged scandal, for which he was reportedly fingered by an Investigative Committee of the House of Representatives.
It also demanded that the President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency prosecutes former NEMA Director-General, DG, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, who was indicted by the House of Representatives, over the alleged embezzlement of N33 billion, in the Agency.
The PDP said: “The opposition party also stands with Nigerians, in rejecting the alleged unpardonable pat in the wrist of allowing Engr. Maihaja to leave Office, without investigation and prosecution to recover the allegedly embezzled fund.”
The PDP National Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement made available to Newsmen, in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan noted: “Our party believes that the failure to prosecute the indicted former NEMA Director-General, is a ploy to shield very top Officials in the All Progressives Congress-led, APC, administration, who are alleged to be involved in the series of scam in NEMA, while the masses, for whom the fund was meant to serve, continue to suffer neglect and untold hardships.
“The PDP insists that the sacking of Engr. Maihaja should not be used as an excuse to foreclose an investigation into the huge fraud in NEMA, under Vice President Osinbajo as Chairman of Governing Board.
“The party describes the sleaze in NEMA as an indelible smear on the Buhari Presidency, and charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to immediately take in Engr. Maihaja for questioning, and if found wanting, prosecution.
“The party notes that the Vice President had failed to provide a cogent response to the report of the House of Representatives on the N33 billion NEMA fraud, in addition to allegations that the N5.8 billion was withdrawn from the national coffers, while he was Acting President, without legislative consent, and expended without recourse to extant due process, procurement and contract rules.
“The PDP recalled, that the House of Representatives had exposed that while the fund was claimed to have been expended for procurement of grains under the emergency intervention on food security in the North-East, none of the 6 States of the North-East received any grain from the so-called emergency intervention by NEMA.”
It was gathered that the Legislative House had also exposed that there was no evidence that the World Food Programme, WFP, received the 5,000 metric tons of rice, which NEMA claimed to have bought and donated to WFP, for distribution to victims of insurgency in the region.
Furthermore, the PDP affirmed the failure of the Buhari Presidency to prosecute Engr. Maihaja, despite the fact that his indictment by the House of Representatives had raised serious issues of alleged complicity in high places, for which Nigerians expect Prof. Osinbajo, as Chairman of Governing Board of the Agency, to come clean.
Ologbondiyan averred that it is even more saddening that the alleged looted fund is part of the money set aside for emergency response, such as provision of palliatives and other essentials for the poor masses, to mitigate the hardships that would be occasioned by emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
The PDP, therefore, charged the EFCC to use the report of the House of Representatives as a working document, and immediately invite Engr. Maihaja for questioning on the alleged stolen funds, as well as further expose top Officials of the Buhari administration, said to be involved in the huge fraud in NEMA.