The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP has criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for ‘flushing’ away N413.68 billion to get votes in the 2015 presidential election in Kano State.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr Austin Ibok, stated this while speaking with newsmen on the withdrawal of criminal charges against Mohammed, son of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
The federal government, through a private counsel, Daniel Enwelum, had filed the charge of nine counts against Mohammed, accusing him of “dishonestly receiving stolen property and voluntary assistance in concealing money” belonging to the state estimated at N446.3billion.
It however, withdrew the case from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Wednesday, a development that has been condemned by many Nigerians and groups.
The body said it was with outrage that it received news from the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala that the president had approved the withdrawal.
The official had confirmed 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.
She said that the Federal Government withdrew the N100 billion charges against Mohammed Abacha, to ease the return of the N36.32 billion.
But CNPP asked that “If Mohammed Abacha was in the opposition, would President Jonathan 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?”
The body wondered why President Jonathan blatantly refused to officially and diligently request for the recovery of the looted funds by other Nigerians.
“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,” it said.
“In sum, President Jonathan is corrupting the electoral process and has indeed started rigging the 2015 presidential election.