Oshiomhole fires at OBJ, wants OBJ prosecuted over ‘$16 billion’ power fund
The new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to compel former President Olusegun Obasanjo to refund of the $16 billion allegedly expended on the power sector under Obasanjo administration.
While taking over the leadership of the APC from John Odigie-Oyegun on Tuesday in Abuja, Oshiomole said Buhari did well for calling out Mr Obasanjo over the alleged expenditure, but should go a step further to ensure the former president returns the money if there is no explanation for what it was used for.
Recently Buhari questioned Obasanjo’s administration (1999-2007) for spending $16 billion on power, saying “Where is the Power”
Oshiomole said: “So, $16billion spent, the more dollars they spent, the more darkness the people suffered. Now the questions I had in my mind were, maybe because the president has not yet proceeded to now ask the follow-up questions. Since we don’t find the power, then, you must bring the $16billion that you spent. If he doesn’t do that, then the accusations of limited anti-corruption may begin to have some currency.
“So, to assist PDP to overcome this their distinction, our president needs to do the needful. After all, it is already on record what other presidents didn’t do, with regards to the issue of MKO Abiola, and the criminal manner by which the election was nullified, and people pretended that, that was never an issue, the president showed courage.
“That same courage should not fail him, so that he can proceed to recover the $16billion back into the treasury from the man who superintended over the spending of that money.”
Obasanjo had accused Buhari of plotting to jail him. Reacting to this, Olusegun Obasanjo
Oshiomole said “the man said they want to kill him. No! To kill is to prevent the investigation. He must be alive to account. That is a typical distraction, so, I think all of us should be ready to do anything we can to help Nigerians not to forget in a hurry.”
The chairman denied the report that APC changed its slogan from ‘change’ to ‘progress.’
He said the slogan remains ‘change,’ saying change is what goes in first to produce progress.