The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to publicly declare their assets.
In a statement issued by Diran Odeyemi, its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, on Friday, the PDP also asked Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President; Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and other high-ranking political office holders to declare their assets.
The PDP’s call comes exactly 12 years to the day when late president Umar Musa Yar’adua of the then ruling party publicly revealed his assets, becoming the first Nigerian president to do so.
The major opposition party noted that President Buhari and other political office holders should declare their assets for Nigerians to properly assess their level of wealth.
The party argued that if Walter Onnoghen, the immediate past chief justice of Nigeria could be subjected to intense scrutiny because of his failure to fully declare his assets, then the treatment to political office holders should not be different.
The statement asked the aforementioned politicians to ignore the restrictions placed by the Code of Code Bureau (CCB) and declare their assets publicly.
The statement read: “We are of the opinion that President Mohammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila should declare openly their assets to allow Nigerians to further see how much wealth they have acquired since joining government.
“We believe laying claim to sainthood is easy as Buhari and others have been doing all along, but Nigerians deserve to see beyond whatever government forces down their throats. By making a public declaration of their assets, Nigerians will be able to see better and judge accordingly.
“By making public their assets, Nigerians will see how many heads of cattle in 2019 had been added to what Buhari had 2015. Blowing hot and cold at the same time is not the hallmark of a leader with clean hands.
“We urge Buhari and other top government officials to be more coordinated and exhibit transparency not only in fighting graft but in their dealings with Nigerians.”
President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo had declared their assets shortly before they were inaugurated for a second term on May 29.
However, the CCB in response to a request made by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) said it cannot release the details contained in the form of the President and his vice because “such information would be an invasion of privacy of presidents and governors.”