The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has expressed outrage over news reports that President Goodluck Jonathan is flushing down the drain N100 billion, in fact N413.68 billion for the 2015 presidential election.
CNPP, which quoted the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, as saying: “We can confirm that Nigeria will on June 25, 2014 receive the sum of Euro 167 million from the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, part of the looted funds recovered from the Abacha family”, also faulted the minister’s announcement that the Federal Government has withdrawn the N100 billion charges against Mohammed Abacha, son of the late military ruler, General Sani Abacha, to ease the return of the N36.32 billion, looted by his father.
The CNPP, which is made up of Nigeria’s opposition parties, in a statement signed by Mr Austin Ibok, its acting national publicity secretary on Friday, raised the following posers: “If Mohammed Abacha is still in the opposition will President Jonathan wave N100 billion or to be exact N413.68 billion?” adding that “Does it add arithmetically to flush away N100 billion to ease the return of N36.32 billion?”
It further asked: “Is it not the same government that pronounced publicly that they are recovering N446 billion from Mohammed Abacha?
“Is it only the Abachas that looted and siphoned our commonwealth abroad?
“Is the Jonathan administration not aware of the favourable international laws for the recovery of looted funds?”
Mr. Ibok said CNPP was at pains that not only has the president blatantly refused to officially and diligently request for the recovery of the country’s commonwealth looted by other Nigerians; but has sacrificed the N413.63 billion on the altar of votes he hopes the Abacha family will secure for him in Kano come 2015.
The statement stressed that the withdrawal of the case against Mohammed Abacha is politically motivated and, therefore, the reason adduced for it by Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, patently false.
“In sum, President Jonathan is corrupting the electoral process and has indeed started rigging the 2015 presidential election. He also needs (to) be reminded that waving and limiting the recovery of looted funds running into billions of dollars only to the Abachas has led to his gross incapacity to fix critical infrastructure like the completion of East-West road, Mambilla Power Plant, revamp the Coal industry, award direct contract for 2nd Niger Bridge and return the Polytechnics to the classroom”, the statement concluded.