ameachi-fasholaAll Progressives Congress, APC, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari would not stop corruption probe against any member of the party, including former governors of Rivers and Lagos states, Rotimi Amaechi and Babatunde Raji Fashola.
The two former governors, who are having allegations of corruption against them, are part of 21 nominees awaiting screening at the National Assembly.
Speaking in an interview with some journalists at the weekend in Abuja, APC Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawan Shuaibu, said if corruption investigation against any of the nominees led to conviction in courts, the president would not intervene.
“You see, the president has said several times that he believes in the rule of law, that he respects the rule of law. Anything that is not in line with the constitution and the extant laws of this country, he would not go for it. When it comes to the issue of the choice of people who will serve as ministers in his administration, I believe that until one is convicted in the law court, we will be chasing shadows on the basis of suspicions and assumptions.
“I think, quite frankly, that he is not going to stop any investigations against any member of his cabinet. But should that investigation lead to conviction in courts, I assure you even before President Buhari asks them to resign, such a person would have brought a letter of resignation. The president cannot intervene and I assure you in a matter before the court on behalf anybody including his own child.”
On the allegation that the current anti-corruption crusade is biased in its approach, Shuaibu retorted, “what did you expect the president to do? President Buhari has made it clear, even during his recent interview in New York that he would not be interfering with judicial process or procedures and he will wait to see when a court makes a decision on anyone, that is now when he will respect the decision of the court.
“And when you are talking about people who have contributed to his emergence as president, I do not expect anybody who contributed to the emergence of President Buhari in the last general election to do so because he or she wanted cover from corruption prosecution. If anybody thinks that way, I would say that President Buhari is not thinking that way,”
On the expectations from the APC administration now that the ministers have been appointed, Shuaibu said: “as soon as the ministers are sworn-in, the business of governance will fully commence in earnest and actual implementation of the programmes of government will start off. I understand that a supplementary budget may be sent to the National Assembly for consideration in order to enable government perform its functions till the end of the year when next year’s budget will be presented. This is all geared towards ensuring that government takes off in earnest.”
Sen. Shuibu added that “it is not going to be business as usual. We promised Nigerians change and I can assure you that the party will bring about that change in every aspect that we promised Nigeria, security, economy, agriculture, power supply and unemployment.
“It is left for the president to guide the ministers on how he wants them to help him run the business of governance, particularly where people are expecting service delivery.”

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