Multi Million Naira Contract Scam: ACN Ask Jonathan to Sack His ‘Attack Dog’, Doyin Okupe
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to sack his attack dog Dr Doyin Okupe, for his involvement in a multi million naira contract scam and thereafter hand him over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for immediate prosecution and in addition apologise to Nigerians for appointing a person with an alleged criminal past as into his cabinet.
The party in a statement signed on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Jonathan administration in its desperation to employ an “attack dog” to spearhead its onslaught against the opposition parties and other vocal opponents ended up outsourcing the very crucial and strategic position of projecting the public image and reputation of Nigeria to a person with no public reputation and a past steeped in corruption.
A report exclusively carried by ireport-ng.com and published by us on Saturday (click HERE to read the report) detailed how Doyin Okupe, Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistance on Public Affairs was involved in a multi-million naira contract scam involving for which was quizzed by the EFCC last year.
The Party said the appointment of Dr Doyin Okupe as Public Affairs Specialist for the administration and by extension Nigeria despite his criminal background should not come as a surprise to any close observer of this administration as it only confirms the fatal attraction President Jonathan has for appointing or retaining tainted and damaged persons with shoddy pasts or questionable character to serve in his Government and the party.
“The Ill informed decision of President Jonathan to appoint as his chief image maker, a person who needs to be publicly prosecuted for alleged crime has once again confirmed that the Jonathan Government is deeply troubled about its public image and perception as a rudderless Government that is lost at sea with no compass. However President Jonathan is advised that no amount of spin done by one thousand spin doctors like Dr Doyin and his co-travellers will rescue the Government from public odium. Only performance and delivery, respect for the rule of law and the rights of Nigerians will change the perception”.
‘That a President of a country will approve the appointment of someone under criminal investigation to interface with the public on behalf of the Nigeria Government ridicules the Nigerian people.
The Action Congress of Nigeria therefore called on Dr Doyin Okupe to immediately resign his appointment and defend himself against the alleged criminal charges before him, just as it asked President Jonathan to immediately sack and hand him over to the EFFC for prosecution as well as tender an unpreserved apology to Nigerians for appointing someone who needs to be publicly prosecuted for alleged crime to interface with and on their behalf.
However in the event that none of these three things takes place in the next few days then Nigerians must come to terms with the fact that they are at the mercy of an insular Government that is comfortable in the company of fraudsters, crooks, black mailers and embezzlers, the party warned.