Most Politicians Are Guilty Of False Declaration Of Assets – Okunrounmu

Bukola Saraki-docked-CCT

Chairman of the 2014 National Conference Convocation Committee, Sen. Femi Okunrounmu, on Saturday said that more than 90 percent of politicians in the country were guilty of false declaration of assets.

Senate President Bukola Saraki is standing trial over a 13-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets in a development some people have described as witch-hunting.

Speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of the 80th birthday celebration of the founder of O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, in Ikeja, Lagos,

According to him, the fight against Corruption is good, but it should be holistic.

“It should cover all the people who are guilty, not just target a few individuals,” Okunrounmu said.

“Ninety per cent of politicians declare assets falsely, so the law should go after all the people that are guilty of such false declaration of assets, try them and bring them to justice.

“They shouldn’t just target one or two people,” he said.

Commenting on the National Confab report which President Muhammadu Buhari was said to be planning not to implement, Okunrounmu alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had always opposed it.

“Maybe, the Constitution is favourable to some parts of the North; many northern APC leaders have always opposed a national confab.

“Maybe, one can understand why they oppose a confab, but those who know how the current Constitution came to being know that it was fashioned by successive military rulers, mostly from the north,” he alleged.

According to him, the southern wing of the APC, led by Sen. Ahmed Tinubu, had always agitated for a national conference, but were opposed to the 2014 confab “for political reasons”.

Also commenting on the delay in cabinet formation by President Muhammadu Buhari, the former confab convocation committee chairman said that there was no provision for the president to administer Nigeria without a cabinet.

“Even though there is no specification on the number of days within which he must send the names of ministers, any governance without ministers is governance as sole administrator which is not provided for in the Constitution,” he said.