APC, Tambuwal Behind My Travails – Oduah
The Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District at the upper legislative chamber, Stella Oduah, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, of being behind the attempt to tarnish her reputation over the controversial purchase of two bullet-proof BMW cars for $1.6 million.
The purchase of the cars during Oduah’s tenure as Minister of Aviation became public knowledge in October 2013.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from inviting Oduah for questioning over the purchase of the cars.
Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, ordered the EFCC to stay action on Oduah as regards the purchase of two armoured BMW cars at a cost of N160 million in 2013 by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) under her watch.
The order, made on August 26, 2015, is also binding on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Attorney General of the Federation, and the Inspector-General of Police.
In her statement of claim, Oduah averred that there was a move by the respondents, doing the bidding of her political adversaries, to persecute and humiliate her.
She alleged that Tambuwal, who was then Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chairman, Aviation Committee, spearheaded the persecution, which began in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.
According to Oduah, APC in a desperate bid to capture power, began a campaign of calumny by “demonising the most visible leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including herself and others who were seen as pivotal to the re-election bid of then president, Goodluck Jonathan.
She reiterated that the two armoured BMW purchased for N160 million were for the purpose of conveying officials of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, who were in the country at the time for the routine inspection and certification of the 22 airports in the country, which were being rehabilitated under her watch.
She said the purchase of the vehicles was necessary to safeguard the lives of the foreign officials, since the inspection and certification of the airports coincided with “the peak of Boko Haram terrorists’ menace in the country, when the United Nations building and the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force were bombed in Abuja.”
She added that the bulletproof vehicles were budgeted for in the 2013 budget, adding that they were duly procured in line with the Bureau of Public Procurement regulations.
Begging the court to protect her, Oduah said “the APC will unleash repression against her and others and this may cause the country to recede to a one-party state, with gross adverse effects and irreparable damage to our nascent democracy.”
After granting her application, Justice Yunusa adjourned hearing in the main suit to October 2, 2015.