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NIGERIA: Abacha’s Acquittal Politically Motivated, Says CNPP

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has expressed outrage at Federal Government's  decision to withdraw the N100 billion charges against Mohammed Abacha, son of the former Nigeria's Head of State ostensibly to ease the return of the N36.32 billion.

A statement by Acting National Publicity Secretary of CNPP,  Mr Austin Ibok said President Jonathan was by such action, corrupting the electoral process and has indeed started rigging the 2015 presidential election.

"CNPP repeats that the withdrawal is politically motivated and therefore the reason given for the withdrawal of the Abacha's charges by the Minister of Finance is patently false.

"In sum, President Jonathan is corrupting the electoral process and has indeed started rigging the 2015 presidential election.
He also needs be reminded that waving and limiting the recovery of looted funds running into billions of dollars only to the Abachas has led to his gross incapacity to fix critical infrastructure like the completion of East-West road, Mambilla Power Plant, revamp the Coal industry, award direct contract for 2nd Niger Bridge and return the Polytechnics to the classroom.

"It is with outrage that CNPP received the news from Minister of Finance and Coordinating Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala  that President Goodluck Jonathan was flushing down the drain N100 billion, in fact N413.68 billion for the 2015 presidential election.

Quoting the Minister of Finance, Dr. Okonjo Iweala, CNPP said, " We can confirm that Nigeria will on June 25, 2014 receive the sum of Euro 167 million from the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, part of the looted funds recovered from the Abacha family. Going further she said that the Federal Government withdrew the N100 billion charges against Mohammed Abacha, to ease the return of the N36.32 billion.

CNPP wondered If Mohammed Abacha was still in the opposition whether President Jonathan will wave N100 billion or to be exact N413.68 billion?

Does it add arithmetically to flush away N100 billion to ease the return of N36.32 billion?
"Is it not the same government that pronounced publicly that they are recovering N446 billion from Mohammed Abacha?

“Is it only the Abachas that looted and siphoned our commonwealth abroad?
“Is the Jonathan administration not aware of the favourable international laws for the recovery of looted funds?
"We are at pains that not only has President Jonathan blatantly refused to officially and diligently request  for the recovery of our looted funds by other Nigerians; but has because of the votes he hopes the Abachas will garner for him in Kano flushed away N413.68 billion, " he said..

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