THE State Security Service (SSS) is set to arrest top All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders, for allegedly offering N240 million bribe to Adamawa lawmakers to stop ex-Governor Murtala Nyako’s impeachment.
The APC leaders, it was learnt, also threatened the lawmakers with death if they refuse to collect the money and stop the impeachment process.
But the APC, on Sunday, dared the presidency to probe the alleged bribery saga, asking that the presidency should also be opened to inquiry into who provided the funds for the alleged bribery of Nasarawa State lawmakers to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
The governors, one from the North and another from the South, were said to have approached two members of the House of Assembly with the money, to convince them to withdraw support and make it impossible for the impeachment of Nyako to scale through.
The source added that the APC leaders were only able to buy over one lawmaker, adding that when the inducement failed, they resorted to threat to the lives of the lawmakers.
It was learnt that the presidency was convinced that crimes had been perpetrated by the opposition leaders and was contemplating taking action if the APC leaders continued to falsely accuse President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to the source, “it was the assurance that they got from the lawmaker that more members would be bought over that originated the reports that Nyako might resign.
“What they don’t know is that all these are recorded. If they continue with their unfounded allegations against the president, the security agencies would be directed to arrest them and confront them with overwhelming evidence.”
Reacting to the allegation from the presidency that it offered bribe to Adamawa lawmakers to stop Nyako’s impeachment, APC said it was the presidency that provided the money for the impeachment as well as the ongoing process in Nasarawa to sack Al-Makura.
Its spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the allegation from the presidency was meant to shift the attention of Nigerians from the alleged $20 billion missing oil money and the over 300,000 barrels of crude oil being stolen daily.
“The allegation is not true. They should go ahead with whatever probe they want to conduct, at least, they are in government and control the security agencies. They are blatant liars. They think everybody is like them. Nigerians know that it is their government that is swimming in corruption.
“They should first explain to Nigerians what happens to the $20 billion missing oil money and the 300,000 barrels of crude oil that are daily stolen before they would make wild allegations.
“All they are trying to do is shift attention of Nigerians from their corrupt acts. We know all the money for impeachment in Adamawa and Nasarawa states came from the presidency and they know their governors providing it,” Mohammed said.