Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked that All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, be investigated over allegations of tax fraud, by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prove their integrity.
The party alleged that if the EFCC does not invite Tinubu for questioning over the alleged N160 billion tax fraud by a company linked to him, it will suggest that the EFCC is biased and expose the level of rot under the APC administration.
Through a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party alleged that EFCC is fond of harassing political opponents of the Buhari administration, but would look away when a member of the ruling party is involved in any criminal activity.
“Nigerians can now see how the same Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC, which rushes to pounce on, arrest and lock up innocent Nigerians, particularly, perceived political opponents of President Buhari, without investigation, has practically gone frozen and toothless because a member of the APC cabal is involved.
“Does it not smack of hypocrisy that President Buhari, who boasted that he was going to jail more looters, has been looking the other way, while Presidency officials suppress investigations since whistle blowers alerted that Alpha Beta, a company linked with his party leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, allegedly swindled Nigerians to the tune of a whopping N160 billion in tax fraud?
“Is it not equally hypocritical that under the same President Buhari’s watch, where the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has threatened to block the bank accounts of tax evaders, a leader of his party had been dragged before the EFCC, yet Mr President is pretending to be unaware?
“If President Buhari is as clean as his handlers would want Nigerians to believe; if the Presidency is not complicit of corruption, the PDP challenges Mr. President to allow an investigation and prosecution of Alpha Beta, in an open court, just as his government has been harassing the members of the opposition, as well as perceived opponents.
“Nigerians can recall that when President Buhari declared that he will jail more looters, the PDP welcomed him and challenged him to start with looters in the APC and the Presidency and we insist that, in line with the promise President Buhari made to Nigerians, Alpha Beta should be charged accordingly.
“The PDP also insists that President Buhari cannot be approving the hounding of innocent opposition members or his perceived enemies on allegations of corruption while at the same time, always shielding and defending his party members openly accused and indicted for corruption, in addition to certificate forgers and national youth service corps deserters, holding top positions in his government,” the statement read in part.