Comrade Timi Frank, the immediate deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), alleged that the ruling party has offered to induce members of the National Assembly with N150million each to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Frank also alleged that state legislators have been offered N50million each to impeach Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Samuel Ortom, the governor of Sokoto, Kwara and Benue respectively.
The former APC spokesperson made this claim in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, August 4.
Frank said: “From available information, the leadership of the APC is about to dole out the sum of $400,000 (about N150million) each to APC Senators and House of Representatives members to impeach Saraki who has defected to the PDP and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara – who they fear may soon dump the party as well.
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“They are also offering legislators in some State Houses of Assembly the sum of $150,000 (about N50million) each, to impeach their Governors that recently defected to the PDP.
“I have been reliably informed that after separate meetings with APC Senators and House of Representatives members, shortly before his U.K. trip, the president summoned the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and after informing him that ‘APC lawmakers have a proposal’, he ‘directed the GMD to attend to their needs.’
“I want Nigerians and members of the international community to note that this ‘presidential order’ is coming at a period when state governors have incessantly complained, during their monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings in Abuja, about unexplained shortfalls in remittances of crude oil sales to the Federation Account by the NNPC.
“From this curious directive, it is now clear to Nigerians and the world at large, that the amount accruing to the Federation Account from monthly crude oil sales is being deliberately and illegally deducted at source and set aside by the NNPC – on the orders of the presidency – to fund illegal operations like their present desperate bid to remove Saraki, Dogara and Governors that recently dumped the APC.
“I am not surprised about these unholy cash inducements to lawmakers to do a dirty job because the APC recently conducted a dressed rehearsal of an inducement heist in Ekiti state during the ‘see and buy votes saga’ with which they allegedly rigged the Ekiti Governorship election in favour of the APC.”
In an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that lawmakers insisted Senator Bukola Saraki must give up his seat as the President of the Nigerian Senate for peace to reign.