90 Per cent Of Politicians Guilty Of False Assets Declaration – Okunrounmu
Chairman of the 2014 national conference convocation committee, Femi Okunrounmu, has said that more than 90 per cent of politicians in the country are guilty of false declaration of assets.
Apparently referring to the ongoing trial of Senate Presidetn Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Okunrounmu, who spoke in Lagos Saturday at a ceremony held in commemoration of the 80th birthday of the founder of the O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC), Frederick Fasehun, said if anybody had done anything against the law or constitution, the person should be called to account.
He said the fight against corruption should not be selective. “Ninety per cent of politicians declare assets falsely, so the law should go after all the people that are guilty of such false declaration of assets, try them and bring them to justice,” he said.
“It should cover all the people who are guilty, not just target a few individuals. They shouldn’t just target one or two people.”
On the national confab, Okunrounmu alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had always opposed it. “May be, the constitution is favourable to some parts of the north; many northern APC leaders have always opposed a national confab,” he said.
“May be, one can understand why they oppose a confab, but those who know how the current constitution came to being know that it was fashioned by successive military rulers, mostly from the north.”
He said that the southern wing of the APC, led by Bola Tinubu, had always agitated for a national conference, but were opposed to the 2014 confab “for political reasons”.
On the delay in cabinet formation by President Muhammadu Buhari, he said there was no provision for the president to administer Nigeria without a cabinet.
“Even though there is no specification on the number of days within which he must send the names of ministers, any governance without ministers is governance as sole administrator which is not provided for in the constitution,” he said.