ACN Challenges Jonathan to Tell Nigerians Why He Is Yet to Fire Doyin Okupe.
The Action Congress of Nigeria has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to tell Nigerians and the world at large why he is yet to fire his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe who has been found to have swindled the Benue State Government of a whopping sum of N886 million as confirmed by the Benue State Government.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed the party said with the statement credited to the Benue State Government, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission must urgently institute a thorough investigation of these allegations.
However as long as Dr Doyin Okupe is comfortably nested at the bosom of the Presidency and speaking loudly for no less a person than President Jonathan himself there can be no credible investigation of these allegations and this is why the President must fire him today to allow for credible investigation of the allegations the party argued.
According to the Action Congress of Nigeria all attempts by the the People’s Democratic party and the legion of hired writers and hatchet men to defend the indefensible have collapsed like a pack of cards.Their first line of defence that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly should also be asked to resign has been shred to pieces as in the first place the Rt. Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji owes his office to an election and he is not an appointee like Dr Doyin Okupe. Moreover the Rt. Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji is already before a court of law and remains innocent until proven guilty, and by the way how can one man’s guilt or innocence be appropriated for another man’s except in the warped and troubled mind of the PDP.
In addition, Dr Doyin Okupe’s attorneys were quoted as saying that since the breach arose out of a civil contract it cannot be a basis to ask for his resignation. “To describe this kind of fraud as a civil matter underscores how Jonathan’s administrations has become such a magnet and sanctuary for knaves, thieves and other morally bankrupt people as non performance of a contract in law amounts to obtaining money under false pretences”,the party explained.
In yet another desperate attempt to keep Dr Doyin Okupe afloat in this flotsam of serious allegation we are told that it is Messrs Value Trust investments Limited and not Dr Doyin Okupe who absconded with the N886.8 million.
“While it is true in law that a duly formed and registered company is a separate legal entity from those who are its shareholders or directors a court is however entitled to pierce, rend ,or remove the corporate veil in holding that monies received by such a company have been regarded as having being obtained by an individual who is usually the directing mind of the company,”in this case ,Dr Doyin Okupe, the party explained.
Further more in law, offences relating to obtaining monies under false pretences are capable of attracting punishment both on the company involved and the individuals directly responsible for the receipt of such monies and it is precisely for this reason that the EFCC today is prosecuting not only the companies indicted in the fuel subsidy scam but also individuals who are deemed to be the directing minds of theses companies and who actually received the monies.
As a matter of fact it is both the law and practice under Nigerian Criminal Law that criminal charges may be brought against an individual and a company and where the punishment for the offence is imprisonment of course only the individual serves the term while the company typically pays the fine, the party explained.
Probably the most asinine and pathetically idiotic defence by the People’s Democratic Party and Okupe’s mercenary writers is the one that claims that the reason why the Action Congress of Nigeria is demanding for the removal of Dr Doyin Okupe is because the ACN is intimidated by Dr Okupe’ s pedigree and prowess as a formidable communicator capable of giving the opposition a run for its money.
This is absolute rubbish, it is akin to saying that Ben Johnson was disqualified in the Seoul Olympics because United States of America, Jamaica and other medal hopefuls in the sprint events at that Olympics were afraid of Ben Johnson. The truth is that just as Ben Johnson tested positive to banned substance Dr. Okupe has also tested positive to corruption and he is therefore not a fit and proper person to hold the office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, the party concluded.
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