A former Edo State Commissioner for Data, and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Get together, Kazeem Afegbua, speaks with JOHN ALECHENU about his allegation that the Uche Secondus-led Nationwide Working Committee of the social gathering mismanaged N10bn social gathering funds
What motivated you into writing a petition in opposition to your social gathering management to the EFCC and the ICPC?
I’m motivated by the necessity for accountability and transparency in public conduct. As a frontrunner of a celebration, it’s obligatory for openness within the administration of assets in keeping with commonplace accounting apply. I’m not asking for something out of the abnormal.
As a citizen of Nigeria and member of the social gathering, I’ve carried out what’s required of me to report any suspicious instances to the anti-graft businesses to easily look into the book-keeping and set up what the social gathering management led by Prince Uche Secondus has been doing with the assets of the social gathering. I’ve not violated any legislation of the land, and as you understand, clear conscience ought to worry no accusation.
So, this current furore over a petition to look into the funds of my social gathering is uncalled for. Allow us to permit the EFCC and ICPC to do their jobs with none authorized ambush. It gained’t work or assist in any approach to promote accountability.
There are allegations that you’re nonetheless bitter that your ambition to be a working mate to one of many PDP governorship aspirants within the Edo State governorship ballot failed. How do you reply to that?
Anybody who parrots such a nonsensical thought is both intellectually hole or making an attempt to be intelligent by half. The Edo State election resulted in September 2020 and we’re in Could 2021, what’s the correlation? It’s respectable to aspire to any workplace within the land when you earn the qualification.
When does aspiration change into sin or an offence? It’s as a result of Secondus and his co-travellers don’t have any hint of any extraneous elements behind my resolve to hunt accountability that they now resort to searching for concocted tales to make that means to their famished brains. Except for the truth that the imposition function the management of the social gathering performed within the Edo election, the management was described as one of many tax collectors.
That ought to clarify to you what transpired. How are you going to shut your sale of nomination kinds, congresses and submission of nomination kinds, and abruptly, you suspended the method to impose Governor Godwin Obaseki on us? It doesn’t work that manner. If anyone had gone to courtroom, that election would have been nullified. My quarrel with the Edo election was purely for the way in which and method the governor was imposed thus resulting in the suspension of the method.
That isn’t how democracy works. Democracy is just not about outcomes alone, however the processes resulting in the outcomes. So, my Edo aspiration or engagement has no hyperlink in any way with my need to see accountability and transparency within the conduct of the social gathering funds by the chairman.
You look like a lone ranger on this struggle…(cuts in)
Actual battles are fought by lone rangers in world politics. In truth, in any safety line up, the worry of the lone ranger is often a consideration in drawing up your safety plan and roadmap in contending with any scenario. I could also be alone within the bodily sense, however there are numerous social gathering chieftains who’re seeing sense in my resolve to hunt accountability.
My function is to see the anti-graft businesses scrutinise the book-keeping below of our social gathering with a view to restoring confidence in public funds. I’m not alone. God is with me. Girls are with me. Males are with me. Youths are with me. Most people is with me.
The social gathering additionally accused you of anti-party actions. Are you responsible as charged?
Please cease saying the social gathering had accused me of anti-party exercise. Kola Ologbondiyan and Secondus don’t, by any stretch of the creativeness, represent the conscience and soul of the social gathering. They’re simply two people amongst a number of others. How do you outline anti-party exercise? Does the management have a proper to impose a candidate on prime of our sensibilities? Is it potential so that you can shut a recreation, and the referee has blown his whistle, solely so that you can shortly inform the gamers to shift the aim put up to accommodate extra gamers to make the quantity 12 in opposition to the normative variety of 11? Is that the way it works? When is our democracy going to develop the proper flesh that may be free from stain and infractions?
However you supported the opposition candidate in opposition to the candidate of your social gathering within the Edo governorship election. How do you clarify that?
Through the Edo election, I took an open resolution to help the candidate of the APC, as a approach to protest the unhealthy course of that threw up Governor Obaseki who was determined to be accommodated as a approach to cowl up his missed possibilities within the APC.
I used to be suspended for one month, which expired on the 2nd of September, 2020, even earlier than the election. So, who suspended me once more? Please inform Secondus and Ologbondiyan to hunt motive and content material earlier than they bounce into shallow conclusions. I’m not a child of yesterday. I began enjoying energetic politics in 1996 below the Grassroots Democratic Motion earlier than I joined the PDP in 1998 at formation. Ologbondiyan was by no means a member of the PDP as of 2016 till his godfathers put in him into his current place from nowhere. He participated in Governor Yahaya Bello’s inauguration committee, so who’s a real PDP member?
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