Ogun party leader to Buhari: Enough corruption arrests, prosecute suspects

A chieftain of Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Rotimi Paseda, has
urged the Buhari-administration to go tougher on looters of the
nation’s treasury, and to prosecute suspects and make examples.
Mr. Paseda denied his party benefited from the alleged $2.1 arms
money diversion by former National Security Adviser, Sambo
Mr. Paseda made the remark in an interview with journalists at
Sagamu, in Ogun State, on Tuesday.
“I can assure you that what happened and what you are referring
to has absolutely nothing to do with the UPN, we did not
participate. I challenge anybody to bring out any documentation
that UPN- Paseda or UPN chairman, Prof. Okuwa or any of the
UPN chieftain participated in any form. We are legitimate people,
we are God-fearing,” he said.
“The issue here is, let’s call a spade a spade, in any political party,
previous and current, there would always be bad eggs, you can’t
avoid that. Some will be good while some will be bad,” he added.
Speaking further, the former governorship candidate of the party
in Ogun State lamented that the scandal exposed those who
should be the nation’s leaders.
“When you say you are a leader, then you are supposed to set
examples; we lead by examples, but when you are found
wanting, what do you expect the citizen to do. I am ashamed
because I expect better,” he stated.
On his message to President Muhammed Burial, the UPN leader
said the president should not relent but should deal decisively with
anybody found wanting.
“He should not be persuaded, he should not feel challenged, he
should not be under any unnecessary pressure to step down.
Rather he should step up. What I am looking for, I want to see
prosecution. We have had enough of arrests. Let us have an
example. Then the people in the diaspora, will know that we mean
business,” Mr. Paseda emphasised.
“I never supported President Muhammadu Buhari from the onset.
I was against him, I was against Goodluck Jonathan. I went
abroad recently, I couldn’t use my credit card. It was very difficult.
But I am happy because that is the beginning of what we want to
do in our state,” he stated.
“We have to suffer before we can actually realize that these things
should be corrected. If I am facing that, then its means that people
like us are in the same boat as the people of Ogun state. Let’s us
face it, let’s all suffer it.”


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