Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
Following the investigation launched by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on the N450 million campaign fund allegedly disbursed by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Dezieni Allison Madueke, to the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 general elections, a political pressure group, Nigerian Ex-Legislators Forum (NELF), has urged a former governor of the State, Sullivan Chime, to take responsibility for his action.
The group said it is sad that Chime was trying to claim that he could no longer recollect what precisely transpired in the whole sordid transaction or account for how every single kobo kept in his care was spent.
It therefore warned him to desist from insulting the intelligence of the people of the State in particular and Nigerians in general, urging him to borrow a leaf from the principled stance of leaders like Olu Falae, Achike Udenwa, Ali Modu Sheriff and Olisa Metuh in accepting responsibility for the funds they collected, defending why they collected it, and either remaining firm in their stance that they did no wrong or expressing their desire to return the money.
These were contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja and jointly signed by its National Coordinator and a former Chief Whip of Bauchi State House of Assembly in the Third Republic, Hon. Tambuwal Ahmed Muktar; its National Secretary, and one-time Deputy Majority Leader of Enugu State House of Asembly in the same Third Republic, Hon. Ideke Onyeukwu, as well as its Board of Trustees’ Chairman, Dr Abel Adewale, who was the Deputy Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly during the Second Republic (1979-1983).
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