10th ASSEMBLY: Group takes Ndume to cleaners over Akpabio

A political group has tongue lashed the director general of Akpabio/Barau Stability Group, Mohammed Ndume for comparing his corrupt ridden candidate with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Coalition of Yoruba Defenders described Ndume comparison with the President as an insult not only to Tinubu but to the Yoruba Nation.

In a statement issued in Ibadan yesterday, the group maintained that Ndume and Akpabio should carry their corrupt ridden baggage without smearing others with their tainted brush.

According to the group, no amount of campaign can exonerate Akpabio from his corruption laden baggage.

The Coalition said it would be foolhardy for any reasonable person to suggest that a person with corruption charges  be made the number three man in the country.

The Coalition said It is widely known that Akpabio is in the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since 2015, when he was arrested and an investigation began into the alleged theft of N108.1 billion of Akwa Ibom funds. 

It also averred that, similarly, in 2021, Akpabio was detained after he attempted to bribe the Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Abdulrasheed Bawa with $350,000 (about N135 million)."

The political group therefore submitted that such a person should not be saddle with the high office of a Senate president.

As for Ndume, the group said they understand the desperation of his support to Akpabio because he wants to be the Senate Leader.

They however warned that anyone is free to aspire to any office but such a person must come with clean hand and not with a baggage that would dent the image of the Red chamber.

Ndume had described the allegations against Akpabio as political machinations during election time.

He insisted that Akpabio remains the man to beat for the Senate presidency slot.

There are three serious contenders for the Senate president, Godswil Akpabio, Abdullazir Yari and Osita Izunaso

Among the three, it is only Izunaso that has no garbage and he is said to be the favorite of most of the senators elect ■ END

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