APC asks FG to publish full report of NNPC audit

All Progressives Congress

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan, and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to accede to the request of the National Assembly that the government submit the forensic audit report on the alleged missing $20 billion.

The opposition party tasked the government to go ahead to publish the report in main¬stream newspapers “for Nigerians to assess or query the degree of transparency involved in the controversial transaction.”

The APC, in a statement by the spokesman of its campaign organization, Malam Garba Shehu, queried: “Why should the President and the PDP develop the feet of clay like an immovable Colossus when the representatives of the people in the National Assembly asked for copies of the forensic audit re¬port, which public outcry forced the government to procure in the first place?”

He added: “So many respected experts on the national economy have condemned the wanton waste of the country’s hard currency earnings at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Worse still, those in charge have treated Nigerians with impunity by hiding the facts relating to petro-dollar trade from the taxpayers. Some of them have been gallivanting and globe-trotting around the world in luxury while their com¬patriots languish in poverty and squalor.”

Shehu questioned the audac¬ity of the President, PDP and NNPC in disobeying the NASS request to scrutinise the “audit of an alleged grossly corrupt government agency (NNPC).”

“Is the NNPC a sacred cow? And should the President be an umpire in a game to which he’s a contender, or a judge in his own case?” Shehu queried.

He added:”Is the President and his Petroleum Minister tell¬ing Nigerians that no wrong has been done in terms of stealing of public funds? If corruption was established in any form, is anyone listed for punishment? It is pertinent to put all these in¬formation in the public domain for third party verification. The report funded by taxpayer’s money is itself a public property. And until this is done, the NNPC under Jonathan shall remain in public consciousness the abat¬toir for corruption, immodesty, dishonesty and impunity.”

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