The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate suspension, investigation, and possible prosecution of the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, over his reported connection to the alleged misappropriation of N438 million in poverty alleviation funds.
The funds were purportedly diverted under the supervision of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.
In a strongly-worded statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, the party criticized the reported involvement of the Interior Minister in the alleged siphoning of funds meant for poverty alleviation.
The PDP expressed concern that both ministers, entrusted with the welfare of Nigerians, allegedly utilized a company linked to the Minister of Interior to divert funds under the guise of consultancy fees for unverified household verifications.
“The PDP challenges the Interior Minister to publish the details of the due process certification documents, the scope of the job, the experts and modules used, as well as particulars of the 11 million Nigerian households claimed to have been verified within a space of one month,” the party stated.
As reported by RoyalTimes, the statement urged President Bola Tinubu to take immediate action by suspending the Interior Minister and initiating an investigation, recommending the involvement of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to scrutinize the matter.
“The PDP asserts that the only way President Tinubu can reassure Nigerians is to immediately relieve the Minister of Interior and allow for an independent inquiry into the disbursement of the N438 million with the view to not only exposing and prosecuting all those involved in the alleged scam but also to recover and channel the money for the wellbeing of Nigerians,” the statement concluded.