A one-time Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, has accused the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, of collecting over $50m from different aspirants during the last primaries of the party.
He alleged that a large percentage of the money was paid to him through proxies from Imo, Zamfara, Adamawa and Ogun states.
Frank in a statement issued on Thursday, threatened to release the names and the amount of money paid by aspirants to bribe Oshiomhole to clear them and substitute the names of duly elected candidates with those that failed.
He alleged that the DSS had presented its report and findings against him to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement said: “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.”
“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.
“This same Oshiomhole has been attacking the Senate President, calling on him to resign on moral grounds. Can Oshiomhole now step aside while the investigation into his financial malfeasance is ongoing to justify his much talked about morality.”
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole in a statement yesterday dismissed the allegations as “unfounded” and called Frank “a political jobber.”
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the embattled APC Chairman said Frank should go ahead and publish the names of the alleged bribe givers or face legal action.
“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,” the statement said.