APC members protest against Oshiomhole, petition ICPC

Anti-graft agency: We’ll investigate corruption allegations

The agitation for the removal of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, continued yesterday in Abuja.

Protesters, numbering hundreds, stormed the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) headquarters to petition and demand the immediate prosecution of the APC national chairman.

The protest came less than two weeks after the embattled national chairman was subjected to about eight hours of interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS), over allegations of compromise and other related issues.

The protesters, under the auspices of Coalition for New Nigeria (CNN), had arrived the ICPC office with posters bearing various inscriptions like ‘Oshiomhole is corrupt’, ‘Oshiomhole must go’, ‘With Oshiomhole, APC will fail’, ‘ICPC must probe Oshiomhole’, ‘Buhari, remove Oshiomhole now before it is too late’.

The leader of the protesters, Stanley Ohu, pleaded with the anti-corruption agency to expedite action in the prosecution of the ruling party boss.

According to him, “We are determined in our quest to arrest the danger faced by our party, the governing APC, occasioned by the integrity challenge of the National Chairman, Oshiomhole.

“Given the various allegations of corruption by respected chieftains and members of the APC, we are here calling on the various anti-corruption agencies to begin a comprehensive probe of not only these allegations, but his time as the governor of Edo State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we are well aware that Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence criminal proceedings against Oshiomhole for allegedly diverting state funds into personal use.

“Therefore, it is expedient that a man that has corruption noose round his neck is not the fit and proper person to lead a party that has President Muhammadu Buhari, a man known globally for his anti-corruption stance, to remain in office.

“We demand that Oshiomhole resigns owing to the plethora of allegations against him leading to even the DSS inviting him and demanding his resignation.”

Meanwhile, the ICPC has vowed to step into the matter.

It was, however, quick to note that its decision to probe any allegation of corruption against Oshiomhole, will be based purely on merit.

Spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, made the commitment while addressing the protesters.

Okoduwa said: “First of all, we will verify whether, indeed, there is a petition against him, and from there, we will look at what you are complaining about. Then, the next step is to investigate the petition and see whether there is anything worthy of investigating in the matter.

“It goes through our normal processes. But let me just sound a note of caution. We receive petitions virtually every hour. So, the petitions are like queuing up and had to be addressed in the sequences they come.

“So, if a petition comes right now, you don’t expect it to be investigated before all others before it.

“We thank you for bringing us the petition and you have done the right thing by going through the process of submitting your petition. I think you have already done what you needed to do.”

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