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  Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Governors Forum and Ekiti state Governor Mr Ayodele Fayose has written to the
Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, demanding the immediate release of the
report of the investigative panel on corruption allegations against the
suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David
Babachir Lawal and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr.
Ayo Oke. Saying Nigerians deserve to know the outcome of Panel report to which
he was ask to head and give its findings on allegation of corruption on SGF and
NIA DG Ayodele. Fayose In the letter dated July 11, 2017 and received at the
Acting President’s office on July 13, 2017, the governor also demanded that the
Acting President must “act expeditiously on the report”, threatening to
approach the law court to compel the Acting President to release and act on the
report if he fails to do so.

 Special Assistant to the
governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka said in a
statement issued on Sunday that Governor Fayose told the Acting President
“never to habour the view that the matter can swept under the carpet,” saying
the government’s war against corruption lacked credibility and had, thus
floundered because of the government perceived penchant for sweeping
allegations of corruption against top functionaries of the federal government
and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). “I dare to say that
this is one of the reasons the so-called war against corruption has not
attracted public support. It lacks credibility and has, thus floundered.
 It is also the reason your
administration has lost case after case in the court of law, even though
administration officials have tried to cover government’s Achilles heel as well
as their own howling incompetence under the pretence of corruption fighting
back,” the governor said.
The latter read; “Let me begin by appreciating Your Excellency’s
yeoman efforts directed at quelling fires all over the country and stabilizing
the polity. Daunting as this task might seem, especially as agent provocateurs
for selfish and diabolical interests continue to stoke the fire and fan the
embers of discord and disunity rather than queue behind you, assist your noble
efforts, and let all hands be on the deck to salvage our beloved country, take
solace and receive renewed strength, vigour and vitality in the fact that your
efforts have begun to yield positive fruits and that the vast majority of the
citizens appreciate and applaud your efforts and stand resolutely with you. As
I have often said, the power of the people is greater than the power of those
of us in power. In our own little corner, we, too, stand with you. And this
being so, you can only succeed, and not fail! Therefore, every support and
every advice that Your Excellency requires to succeed we promise we will not
hide away from you, partisan politics notwithstanding. “In this wise, permit
me, Your Excellency, to prod your memory about a Presidential committee
constituted months ago by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate allegations
of high corruption against two top officials of this administration, namely the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal; and
the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke. The
Presidential committee, headed by your good self, was given two weeks to submit
its report. That was many months ago. The two top officials concerned were
placed on suspension but nothing has been heard on the matter ever since. It
would appear the matter has been swept under the carpet or, in the Nigerian
popular parlance, has been treated as the “family affair” of the ruling APC
government.
 “It will be most unfortunate
indeed if this, truly, is the case. For one, the appropriate response to the
very serious issue of corruption against the suspended SGF and the NIA DG
should not have been the setting up of a committee to investigate; rather, both
men should have been handed over the two men to the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and arraignment in a court of
competent jurisdiction.
 Your Excellency will agree with
me that this has always been this government’s recourse when alleged corruption
cases involve members of the opposition PDP; estranged members of the ruling
party. In fact, PDP members and non-members of the ruling APC alleged to be
corrupt, such as judges, are first harassed, haunted, hounded, arrested and
locked up, tried and convicted in the media and visited with public lynching
while the Department of State Service (DSS) and the EFCC take their time to
search for or conjure evidence against them.
 “The preferential treatment
given to the two top-notch members of your government is bad enough – and they
are the only members of the ruling party that have got this slap-on-the-wrist
treatment. So reckless and audacious had your government become in this regard
that a serving Senator who is a member of your party said on the floor of the
Senate that your government uses insecticides when dealing with alleged cases of
corruption involving members of the opposition but applies deodorant when
members of the ruling party are involved. I dare to say that this is one of the
reasons the so-called war against corruption has not attracted public support.
It lacks credibility and has, thus floundered. It is also the reason your
administration has lost case after case in the court of law, even though
administration officials have tried to cover government’s Achilles heel as well
as their own howling incompetence under the pretence of corruption fighting
back. “Were President Buhari to be around, this issue would not have been any
of your bother. All that would have been required of you would be to turn in
your report within the stipulated time and the ball would then have been squarely
in the president’s court.
 Fortunately and unfortunately,
President Buhari has been away on medical tourism for most part of this year
and as the Acting President, the buck now stops on your desk. Your Excellency,
Nigerians demand two actions from you: First is that you release the report of
the corruption investigation, which you presided over. Secondly is that you act
expeditiously on the report. May I advise, Your Excellency, that you should
never habour the view that this matter can swept under the carpet for two
reasons. One is that Nigerians are not unmindful of the outcome of your
investigation even if it has not been officially released. Two is that should
you fail to release the report and act on it, I shall approach the law court to
compel you to do so.

 “Your
Excellency, as a Law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Your Excellency
must not be associated with illegalities and cover-ups; not to talk of your
highly exalted position as a man of God who must speak truth at all times and
uphold the Biblical admonition to let justice flow like the mighty river. I
have refused to agree with those who, on account of your egregious stance on
the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu’s continued but illegal stay in office; posit that
the hood does not make the monk and a chain of titles and degrees does not
translate to sound judgment. Kindly take up the challenge to prove those
doubting Thomases wrong. “Your Excellency, because our dear country, Nigeria,
is the concern of all of its 170 million citizens as well as for the benefit of
our friends the world over, permit me to make copies of this letter available
to the media and other interested persons and organisations locally and
internationally.” 

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