The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to sue a former APC Chieftain, Mr Timi Frank, over the latter’s claim that he took $50m bribe from different aspirants during the party’s recently held primary elections.
Mr Frank had alleged that Mr Oshiomhole was indicted of receiving the bribe in a report by the Department of State Services (DSS) following the APC Chairman’s interrogation two weeks ago by operatives of the Service.
“I dare say that this singular act of refusing to order the prosecution of Oshiomhole over sundry acts of bribery and corruption he committed as contained in the DSS report, President Buhari has shown that his APC administration is a stinking house of corruption,” said Frank who used to be a Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party.
The ex-APC Chieftain had said, “We are in the know that President Buhari has received the DSS report on Adams Oshiomhole and Nigerians are patiently waiting for the action or inaction of his government because this is an administration that has claimed fighting corruption as an achievement.
“In the history of party administration in Nigeria, no party chairman has been accused of collecting the jaw-breaking amount of money allegedly collected within a short period in office like Comrade Oshiomhole has allegedly done.
“Instead of Oshiomhole to clear his name, he has taken to a diversionary path, asking the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, to resign. Nigerians are not gullible. We shall wait to see how the acclaimed anti-corruption regime will act on this particular issue,’’ he said,
Responding however, Oshiomhole, through his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, described Mr Frank as a ‘‘political jobber’’ seeking cheap attention.
“He is a political jobber looking for cheap popularity. How on earth would people of questionable character like Frank be questioning the integrity of the National Chairman? I challenge him to publish the names of those that gave the alleged bribes or we won’t hesitate to institute legal action against him,” said the APC Chairman’s media aide.