- There is allegedly festering corrruption in the Delta state House of Assembly
- The former National deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has written a letter to Buhari about it
- Dr Cairo Ojougboh focused on the fact that the Delta government signed a blank budget to ease embezzlement
It seems like a season of letters to President Muhammadu Buhari. This time the immediate past national deputy chairman of the PDP, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, has written a letter complaining about what he described as “hydra headed corruption and malignant impunity that is currently dancing and celebrating in the Delta State House of Assembly.”
In the letter dated October 4, 2017, Dr Ojougboh claimed that the Delta state House of Assembly approved, signed and returned a blank budget to the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, thereby giving the state government the leverage to misappropriate funds.
The letter reads in part:
“Mr. President, 10 members of the Delta state House of Assembly informed me (in strict confidence; that their names and families be protected) of the high level of fraud that is currently ongoing in their legislative House where they ply their trade as lawmakers.
“According to them they were emboldened when they learnt that I had left the PDP on 16th September 2017 and they felt the urgent need to now confide in me that I have left the PDP.
“The very important issue at hand is that the members confessed to me that up till 3rd day of October they have not seen, sighted or read a copy of the Delta state 2017 budget.
“The Hon. Speaker of Delta state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Sherrif Oborevwori signed only the last page of the budget and returned same to the Government; the Government then fills in the blank arbitrarily and apportions appropriation at will.
"I therefore in all humility call on Mr. President who is credited by the International Committee not to own a single house and bank account outside Nigeria, who won the presidential general election against an incumbent President due to your anti-corruption credentials to kindly deploy your good offices to cause a thorough investigation into the fraud currently in Delta State through the blank budget and appropriations issued by the Delta state House of Assembly by the anti-graft agencies.
"Mr President, I am 58 years old, a soldier of truth, if I cannot stand to defend my people on matters of this nature and injustice, then I will not be fair to my God and conscience. It is most excruciating and painful that our hard earned state resources are being stolen in broad day light."
Dr Cairo Ojougboh called on President Buhari to intervene by directing the relevant government agencies to conduct a proper investigation into the allegations levelled against the state government and the state House of Assembly.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa praised President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping Nigeria united and doing his best to ensure the development of the country.
Okowa, a governor on the platform of the PDP, said this at a thanksgiving ceremony to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary.
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