The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, has faulted the assembly between President Muhammadu Buhari and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, within the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary within the state, Chris Osa Nehikhare mentioned the assembly between Buhari and Ize-Iyamu was ill-advised and will dent the picture of the president.
Recall that Buhari had endorsed Ize-Iyamu in the course of the assembly on the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Reacting, Nehikhare mentioned Ize-Iyamu wanted Buhari’s endorsement to shore up his battered picture and the opinion of Edo individuals, forward of the governorship election.
He recalled that Ize-Iyamu was going through a N700m fraud in court docket after the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, established a case towards him, therefore the necessity for Buhari’s endorsement.
An announcement by Nehikhare reads: “Our consideration has been drawn to the assembly between President Muhammadu Buhari and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the Edo State gubernatorial election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“This assembly is ill-advised and a dent on the picture of President Buhari, whose administration is understood for the spirited battle towards the hydra-headed monster referred to as corruption, which has encumbered the event of our pricey nation for many years.
“Unknown to President Buhari and his advisers, the APC gubernatorial candidate is desperately in want of an endorsement from somebody just like the President, to shore up his battered picture in Edo State and the bigger court docket of public opinion which have adopted Ize-Iyamu’s trial very intently.
“Ize-Iyamu is at the moment being tried for cash laundering to the tune of N700 million. The matter is earlier than Honourable Justice J. M. Umar on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Benin Metropolis, Edo State, with go well with No. FHC/BE21C/ 2016.
“The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) filed the case preferring eight depend fees towards him and 4 different accused individuals bordering on alleged unlawful receipt of public funds to the tune of N700 million for the aim of the 2015 basic elections, opposite to the provisions of the EFCC Act and the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act. His subsequent court docket date is October 15th.
“It’s our thought of view that associating with a person with this corruption baggage (alleged) compromises the integrity of the President’s battle towards corruption and sends combined indicators to Nigerians, dwelling and overseas in addition to different nationals who’ve invested huge religion within the President’s battle towards corruption.
“The Nigeria we envisage underneath Buhari’s watch is one during which individuals like Ize-Iyamu, shall be instructed in clear phrases, to go and clear their names, earlier than being seen with, or across the occupier of the exalted workplace of the president.
“This harmful precedent, if set, will embolden different Nigerians with related or worse fees to hobnob and organise haunt classes with the president within the days and weeks to come back.”