9TH Senate, Safe Haven for Corrupt Officials – NGO
A Non Governmental Organization-The Global Centre for Conscious Living Against Corruption- has described the 9th Senate as a “Safe Haven” for former corrupt officers especially former governors who embezzled funds.
Director General of the organization, Dr Nwambu Gabriel stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, “the Senate should not be a retirement home for looters”.
He alleged that 15 former governors who are caught up in corruption cases have taken refuge in the Senate.
While accepting that governors are innocent until proven guilty, he however frowned at fielding these governors for public offices while they are still embroiled in court cases.
“It is morally wrong to field such persons to run for any public office, although former governors standing trials on corrupt charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction”, he added.
Nwambu who also cited instances was particular about Orji Uzor Kalu- former governor of Abia state- who he noted has pending cases in court.
“For instance the APC to have presented the former governor of Abia state Orji Kalu to stand for the just concluded National Assembly elections despite his pending trial of alleged N7.6bn levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)”, questioned the Director General.
He also slammed the idea of handing “such persons” principal positions in the Senate, calling it a “mockery”.
“The perception of Nigeria as nation is fast deteriorating” warned Nwambu.
“Such persons should not fielded as candidates let alone holding principal positions in the Senate because it is a mockery”, he added.
Nwmabu further urged Nigerians, political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to refuse persons with corruption cases from being fielded during elections.