Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana has berated the new Peoples Democratic Party led by Abubakar Baraje for insisting that anti-corruption agencies should not investigate or prosecute them on corruption allegations, saying that such position is a fraud.
Also, Tunji Braithwaite, a former presidential candidate stated that with the conflict facing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party is finished.
Falana stressed that the new PDP is a fraud because its key demand is that her members must be exempted from prosecution on alleged corruption charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, or the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.
Atiku Abubakar who is yet to visit the United States of America, USA, for alleged fears of being arrested leads this group alongside seven governors and indicted former governors. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo last week asked Atiku to visit USA, if he was not a wanted man there. Atiku claimed he had recently obtained a US visa and was not a wanted man in that country.
The legal practitioner spoke in Lagos during the inaugural Tunji Braithwaite Symposium.
He said ”the New PDP is a fraud because one of the major demands of the group is that their corrupt members must not be investigated or prosecuted by the EFCC or ICPC.”
He informed that one of the promoters of the new PDP and a former governor defaulted on a N12billion loan and was duly prosecuted and discharged by a court with a fine of N2 billion.
Falana wondered why theis now claiming that the EFCC is again after him because he is a member of the New PDP, when he went away with N10billion.”
”This is very wrong and all members of the new PDP must be prosecuted no matter what and the media must stop celebrating these people” the fiery lawyer said.
Also speaking, Tunji Braithwaite, celebrant and octogenerian regretted that ”the chaos at the fragmentation of the PDP; the largest party in Africa or whatever nebulous name they call themselves, resulting in the sacking of many ministers does not come as a surprise because the PDP is finished.”
He said: ”the PDP is finished becomes it has always been in a fragmentation. The recklessness and simple-mindedness and wide spread corruption will trigger a people’s revolution.”
He stated that civil rights leaders are organizing a movement to effectively pull down the existing power structure in the country. Braithwaite recently turned eighty and was celebrated by his associates.