PDP Initiates Action To Retrieve Vehicles From Edo Ex-Speaker, Petitions ICPC
Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a step to assist the State House of Assembly in recovering the official vehicles allegedly given to the former Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon Elisabeth Ativie by the immediate past Governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The state PDP which alleged that the vehicles were illegally given out to the former Speaker by the former governor has mandated the law firm of Dr. Ehiogie West Idahosa to recover the vehicles for the use of the State House of Assembly
Hon Ativie had refused to return the official vehicles to the Assembly over claims that the vehicles, two Hilux van, one Lexus jeep and one Toyota Prado jeep, were given to her by Oshiomhole because she agreed to step down as Speaker.
Ativie also said she has registered the vehicles in her name and has even sold one of the cars.
But State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who spoke at a press briefing on Sunday said the mandate to the law firm was a follow up to the party’s called on the security agencies to question Oshiomhole over missing government vehicles.
While pointing out that the party hired the law firm following alleged plot by Governor Godwin Obaseki and the APC leaders to sweep the matter under the carpet by treating it as a party affair, Chief Orbih stated that the vehicles in question belonged to Edo State Government and not the All Progressive Congress.
He explained that the law firm also has the party’s mandate to ensure that all persons ‘involved in criminal acquisition of state properties are prosecuted, just as he revealed that the market value of the vehicles with the former Speaker was N128m.
Orbih also disclosed that the party would soon filed a petition on how Oshiomhole gave out 346 brand new vehicles bought with government money to different people of varied interest shortly before he left office.
According to him, “Issues bothering on criminal acquisition of state properties must be treated with utmost seriousness.
It is in the light of the development that the PDP mandated the legal firm of West Idahosa to swing into action to ensure that the vehicles in question are retrieved and returned to government.
Meanwhile, PDP lawyer, West Idahosa has petitioned the ICPC on behalf of the PDP, informing the agenvy that “this is one matter we will not allow them to sweep under the carpet. They cannot take it as an internal affairs of the APC.
“The anti- corruption crusade of the current government should be all embracing. It should not spare those who belong to members of APC.”
In the petition sent to the ICPC, Hon Ativie is accused of violating sections 10, 19 and 23 of the ICPC Acts.
The PDP also threatened to obtain an order of Mandamus to compel the ICPC to commence criminal prosecution of all those named in the petition if the commission failed to act on the petition within seven working days.
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