OrderPaperToday – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Assembly to summon and investigate President Muhamadu Buhari over the $1bn taken from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fund security in the country.
President Buhari in 2018 approved the release of $1 billion for the procurement of security equipment to be used in the fight against terrorism.
The main opposition party in a press statement by Kola Ologbondiyan asked the National Assembly to invoke Section 89 of the National Constitution which gives the national assembly oversight on public account.
The party said that the investigation is in order since the approval for the money was given by the president without recourse to the National Assembly and an alleged confession by the National Security Adviser not to know the whereabouts of the said money.
“The party craves the National Assembly, as true representatives of the people, to be firm in invoking its powers under sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to give account of the money, which was drawn from the ECA by his Presidency, without recourse to legislative appropriation.
“The demand by the PDP is predicated on allegations of complicity in the public space against the Buhari Presidency, following its failure to address the matter since the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Mongunu (rtd), who is in charge of the nation’s security architecture, confessed that he is not aware of the whereabouts of the money.”
Also, the party called on the National Assembly to resist the ruling party and the cabal in the presidency in the interest of the country.
The party “further implores the federal legislature to stand in the interest of the nation and resist all plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the cabal at the Presidency to sweep the matter under the carpet.”
However, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has majority in both chambers of the national assembly.