Edwin Clark Condemns Buhari's Appointment of Adamu as APC Chairman Despite Corruption Charges

Elder statesman Edwin Clark criticizes former President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Abdullahi Adamu as APC national chairman despite corruption charges. Adamu was charged with embezzling N15 billion as Nasarawa State governor in 1999, but the trial was abandoned after he won a Senate seat.

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Edwin Clark Condemns Buhari's Appointment of Adamu asAPC ChairmanDespite Corruption Charges

Edwin Clark Condemns Buhari's Appointment of Adamu asAPC ChairmanDespite Corruption Charges

Elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Edwin Clark, has strongly denounced former President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to appoint Abdullahi Adamu national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) despite the serious corruption charges Adamu faces. Clark alleges that Buhari imposed Adamu on the party, disregarding the grave allegations brought against him by theEconomic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).

Why this matters: The appointment of Abdullahi Adamu as APC national chairman raises concerns about the party's commitment to fighting corruption and upholding the rule of law, which has broader implications for Nigeria's political environment and its citizens. It also highlights the need for a more robust and independent anti-corruption agency that can effectively prosecute high-profile cases without fear or favor. It also highlights the need for a more robust and independent anti-corruption agency that can effectively prosecute high-profile cases without fear or favor.

Abdullahi Adamu, who previously served Governor of Nasarawa State, was charged in court in 1999 for allegedly embezzling a staggering sum of N15 billion from his state's coffers, along with other commissioners. However, the trial seemed to have been abandoned after Adamu contested and won a Senate seat, despite the severity of the charges against him. Clark expressed his dismay at the apparent lack of accountability, stating,"He was charged to court for embezzling money from his state to the tune of N15 billion with other commissioners who were to be charged to court in Nasarawa State. Then after being charged to court, he contested election to the Senate and he won, and he has been there, and nobody cared about him. Clark further criticized Buhari for appointing Adamu to be the APC national chairman, despite the unresolved corruption charges hanging over his head. "Thereafter, former President Muhammadu Buhari imposed him in the position of National Chairman of the APC," Clark stated, highlighting the blatant disregard for the serious allegations against Adamu.

The elder statesman's criticism extends beyond Adamu's case, as he pointed out a broader pattern of alleged corrupt politicians enjoying freedom and even ascending to prominent positions within the APC. Clark noted that during Nuhu Ribadu's tenure as EFCC chairman, 15 former governors and ministers were dragged to court on corruption charges, but their cases seemed to have been forgotten. "We have many such people in the APC. Nobody heard about his trial again. He became an honest man and talked about corruption more than any other person," Clark lamented, emphasizing the apparent double standards and lack of accountability within the party.

The appointment of Abdullahi Adamu to the position of APC national chairman, despite the unresolved corruption charges against him, raises serious questions about the party's commitment to fighting corruption and upholding the rule of law. It also highlights the urgent need for a more robust and independent anti-corruption agency that can effectively prosecute high-profile cases without fear or favor, free from political interference or influence.

As Nigeria continues to contend with the pervasive challenges of corruption, it is imperative that political leaders and parties demonstrate a genuine commitment to accountability and transparency. The allegations against Abdullahi Adamu and other politicians must be thoroughly investigated, and those found guilty should face the full weight of the law, regardless of their political affiliations or positions of power.

Edwin Clark's scathing criticism serves as a harsh wake-up call that the fight against corruption in Nigeria is far from over. It is a clarion call to action for the government, anti-corruption agencies, and the public to remain vigilant and demand accountability from those entrusted with public office. Only by addressing corruption head-on and ensuring that no one is above the law can Nigeria build a more just, equitable, and prosperous society for all its citizens.

Key Takeaways

  • Edwin Clark denounces Buhari's appointment of Abdullahi Adamu as APC chairman despite corruption charges.
  • Adamu faces allegations of embezzling N15 billion as Nasarawa State governor in 1999.
  • Clark criticizes APC for appointing corrupt politicians to prominent positions.
  • Appointment raises concerns about APC's commitment to fighting corruption and upholding the rule of law.
  • Clark calls for a robust and independent anti-corruption agency to prosecute high-profile cases.