The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday said the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan to sack his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe despite the incontrovertible evidence by the Benue State Government that he swindle the state of N886 million is worrisome and Jonathan should tell the world why he is still keeping Okupe.
National publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement that with the statement credited to the Benue State Government, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must immediately institute a thorough investigation of these allegations.
He however regretted that as long as Okupe is still being retained and speaking for President Jonathan there can be no credible investigation of these allegations and this is why the President must fire him to allow for credible investigation of the allegations.
“All attempts by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the legion of hired writers and hatchet men to defend the indefensible have collapsed like a pack of cards. Their first line of defence that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly should also be asked to resign has been shred to pieces as in the first place as the Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji owes his office to an election and he is not an appointee like Dr Doyin Okupe. Moreover Ikuforiji is already before a court of law and remains innocent until proven guilty, and by the way how can one man’s guilt or innocence be appropriated for another man’s except in the warped and troubled mind of the PDP.
“In addition, Okupe’s attorneys were quoted as saying that since the breach arose out of a civil contract it cannot be a basis to ask for his resignation. To describe this kind of fraud as a civil matter underscores how Jonathan’s administration has become such a magnet and sanctuary for knaves, thieves and other morally bankrupt people as non performance of a contract in law amounts to obtaining money under false pretences,” Mohammed said.
He added, “Probably the most asinine and pathetically idiotic defence by the PDP and Okupe’s mercenary writers is the one that claims that the reason why the ACN is demanding for the removal of Okupe is because the ACN is intimidated by Okupe’s pedigree and prowess as a formidable communicator capable of giving the opposition a run for its money.
“This is absolute rubbish it is akin to saying that Ben Johnson was disqualified in the Seoul Olympics because United States of America, Jamaica and other medal hopefuls in the sprint events at that Olympics were afraid of Ben Johnson. The truth is that just as Ben Johnson tested positive to banned substance Okupe has also tested positive to corruption and he is therefore not a fit and proper person to hold the office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs.”