NALYSIS: 2019: PDP presidential aspirants whose ambitions are dogged by corruption allegations
Last week, I in my humble and bias opinion performed an e-screening for PDP Aspirant, but was ignored by many. However, my selection criteria attracted happen to be a major issue that a Premium Times writer took his time to address the issue, backing it with Nigeria Constitution.
For the TL;DR crew like me, I will just outline the PDP presidential aspirants whose ambitions are dogged by corruption allegations here, you can read more in the source.
While the CCB case lasted, findings by PREMIUM TIMES and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (Paradise Papers), in 2017, indicated that Mr. Saraki sat on the board of an offshore entity while he was governor and later member of the Nigerian Senate in violation of Nigeria’s code of conduct law.
Recently, the Nigeria Police linked the senate president with armed robbery in Offa, Kwara State, that led to the death of over 30 persons. The police said some of the arrested suspects in the April Offa robbery confessed that Mr Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, were their sponsors.
He was grilled over alleged payment of N2 billion into the National Assembly account by the PDP for distribution to senators. Mr Mark has since denied receiving such fund. PREMIUM TIMES also reported that Mr Mark had links with eight offshore companies in British Virgin Island as shown by the Panama Papers.
…..In the documents, Mr. Mark was repeatedly marked as a politically exposed person, and at a point the former senate president had to send documents, across to Mossack Fonseca to prove that he was clean.
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Mr Bafarawa was the governor of Sokoto State from 1999 to 2007 on the ticket of the defunct ANPP. He ran for president on DPP platform in 2007 but lost. He joined the PDP in 2014. He was a member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic. In 2015, Mr Bafarawa, his son, Sagir, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, and others were arraigned in court for alleged money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
They were accused of diversion, misappropriation and breach of public trust in respect of N19.4 billion. Mr Bafarawa’s son, Sagir, allegedly acting as front for his father, received N4.6 billion from the NSA’s office. They were arraigned on 22-count charge before Justice Peter Affem of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High court. When the charges were read to them, all the accused persons denied the charges one after the other. Earlier in 2009, the EFFC had preferred N15 billion corruption charge against the former Sokoto governor.
However, the recent case involving the former NSA is still ongoing.
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In May, the former governor was incarcerated and later granted bail by the Plateau State High Court after one week in detention. Mr Jang had earlier dragged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to court for including his name in a controversial looters’ list published by the federal government.
According to the list, the former governor stole N12 billion from the state’s treasury while in office.
You may Wonder What Does Nigeria Constitution says
Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) says, a person shall not be qualified for election to the office of the President if “he is under a sentence of death imposed by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for any offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called) or for any other offence, imposed on him by such a court or tribunal, or
e) within a period of less than ten years before the date of the election to the office of the President has been convicted and sentence for an offence involving dishonesty or he has been found guilty of the contravention of the of the Code of Conduct;….