By Nkeremwem Cosmas
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has joined the growing voices of Nigerians to call for the immediate suspension from office of the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru. The PDP, in a statement signed on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, called on President Muhammad Buhari to suspend Maikanti over the allegation of corruption in the corporation.
They also asked President Buhari to ensure the allegations were “genuinely” investigated “as a show of his impartiality in the war against corruption.” The party demanded that Baru be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further investigation and prosecution.
The statement reads in part : “He (Buhari) should do this to correct the open impression Nigerians have about his so-called anti-corruption war; that it’s just a tool of persecution of perceived enemies.
“We view the allegations levelled against Baru by Kachikwu as too grave to be swept under the carpet and we insist that the NNPC GMD must be treated like an accused who should not have the opportunity to influence the investigation into his alleged misdeeds,” the party said.