Thursday, 12 May 2022 21:48

It’s Not Buhari’s Duty To Investigate Those Obtaining N100m Forms – Presidency

The Presidency on Thursday, said President Muhammadu Buhari will not investigate how aspirants got money they spent on buying the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination forms for the 2023 general elections.

THEWILL reports that over 26 aspirants have picked the N100 million Presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC. A huge sum and number that had attracted outrage in the country.

 

Speaking on Channels TV on Thursday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said it was the job of the anti-graft agencies, the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to find out the source of such funds and not the President.

He said, “The question is how did they get N100m to buy the forms? I think the question should go to each individual aspirant.

“This kind of scrutiny is up to the civil societies and the media to ask questions, but saying the President should launch an investigation, I don’t think that is the direct way to go.

“If ICPC or EFCC will say ‘Mr Permanent Secretary, where did you get this money from?’, the President will not stop them.”

According to Shehu, the cost of the Presidential forms of the APC should be applauded as the party needs the money to run its electioneering activities.

“The party made a case for this and the national chairman was applauded because this is a party that doesn’t take money from the treasury”, he stated.

Meanwhile, Shehu said the President’s directive that Ministers, heads of agencies and other appointees seeking elective offices should resign their appointments was not in connection with section 84 of the Electoral Act.

 

“He made no reference to section 84, he simply gave the directive and I think it’s clear that as the head of the executive arm of government, he owns the executive authority and power to decide”, Shehu said.

He allayed concerns that there would be a vacuum in government following the directive of the President.

“The President has given his directives, clearly stated out and it’s for everyone to place themselves where they belong.

“The directive from the government is that if you are a minister and you have a minister of state, hand over to the minister of state. If you don’t have a minister of state, hand over to the permanent secretary.

“If you are a head of a government agency, parastatal, extra ministerial government department, ambassador, hand over to the most senior officer in your department”, he added.

[TheWill]

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