The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Senate to send the ministerial nominee list to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to give its screening credibility.
This was made known in a statement on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the opposition party, many said many of the nominees presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari have serious allegations of corruption, abuse of office and stealing of public funds against them.
The party stated further that nominating people with corruption allegations slammed against them gives credence to assumptions that the present government condones corruption.
“It, therefore, speaks volumes that the persons Mr. President ‘personally’ knows and has nominated as ministers include such individuals that have been publicly indicted and known to be answering questions as accomplices in on-going corruption cases in various courts.
“The PDP calls on the Senate to note that some of the nominees have failed to defend their corruption allegations. This includes a particular former minister from the North Central, who had admitted to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) of complicity in the N2.5 billion National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fraud case, still pending in court.
“This is in addition to certain nominees who, as state governors, swindled their states, fleeced workers and committed several financial crimes for which they should rather be standing trial, instead of being rewarded with official protection as ministers.
“Our party notes that the gathering of corrupt persons as cabinet ministers is a clear pointer to a scheme by the cabal in the Presidency to further entrench corruption in our nation.
“Urging the Senate to take a cursory look into the allegations of bribe-for-ministerial-slot making the rounds in the public space, the PDP said the Senate must rise to the occasion and ensure that Nigerians are not totally let down.
“The PDP also invites the Senate to note that President Buhari has not demonstrated any commitment to the fight against corruption and for that reason, Nigerians now look up to the National Assembly to protect the nation from the excesses of the Buhari Presidency,” the party said.