The Founder of pan-Yoruba group, Oodua People’s Congress and National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari to begin his anti-graft war from within his party and not the Jonathan administration while expressing his doubts over the possibility of Buhari recovering looted funds from other countries.
He also denied ever receiving money from former president Goodluck Jonathan to secure his support and his party during the build up to the last General Elections.
The OPC founder said all those accusing him of collecting money from the former President should provide evidence revealing that he supported Jonathan based on principles.
Three former APC governors: Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) are being probed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission.
Fasehun said, “He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. He (Buhari) must first clean his own house and let others learn from the way he cleans his house. I think those who have been fingered by anti-corruption agencies should be probed.”
When asked whether he collected money from Jonathan, he said, “It is a lie. It is a big lie. Have you forgotten that when I resuscitated the UPN, the APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, went to town saying I had collected N2.8bn from the Federal Government and it turned out to be a lie? Ask the APC to provide evidence that we collected money and they should stop lying.”
Fasehun also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of refusing to pay his company, New Age for the pipeline surveillance contract awarded by the former President Jonathan’s administration.
He said, “We have worked on the pipeline for three months and the Federal Government has not paid us a kobo. They didn’t give us a kobo for mobilisation; we were on the pipelines for three months, they didn’t pay us any money and we have completed the pipeline contract and they are still dillydallying on the payment.
“The contract wasn’t awarded to the OPC but a company called New Age and most of the available personnel came from the OPC. How can 4,000 people work for the Federal Government and the government will decide not to pay? Where is the civilisation in that? Where is the honesty in that? Is that not wicked, cruel, ungodly and undemocratic?”