Campaign slush funds: Probe Buhari, Son-in-law, Atiku beckons EFCC, ICPC

The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has charged the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Commission (ICPC) to probe President Muhammadu Buhari and his son-in-law, Mr. Junaid Abdullahi for allegedly engaging in corruption, economic sabotage and unethical conduct by using funds creamed off fake contract awards to fund the president’s re-election to the tune of about eighteen billions of naira.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, by Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu who also added that, “the All Progressives (APC) -controlled federal government has been using the Border Communities Development Agency (BDCA) headed by Buhari’s son-in-law, Mr. Abdullahi for hundreds of phony lawmakers’ constituency , using non-existent firms to fund Buhari’s electioneering .

The statement which was a reaction to an investigative  report published by Premium Times, also added that, ” the Border Communities Development Agency (BCCA) has the mandate to provide social and infrastructural amenities to international border communities in 21 states of the federation, spanning over 105 local government areas.

According to him,  “Butressing the authenticitt of the report, Atiku said no fewer than 815 contractors were recently shortlisted by the Border Communities Development Agency (BDCA) for hundreds of constituency ranging from N10millionto 200million worth of contracts despite failing to meet federal contracting requirements.

Atiku alleged that, “In apparent move to amass funds for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, the BDCA procurement officials have continuously disregarded some key criteria for selection of prospective contractors, as well as some requirements for the award of contracts, in a potential violation of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2007.

Citing instances of companies through which President Muhammadu Buhari is allegedly using to siphon government resources for his re-election bid, Atiku said, “Arcad Limited (Lot 110) prequalified to bid for the N200 million contract for the rehabilitation of selected rural roads in Ekiti/Irepodun/Idi/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency was not qualified. The company’s bid was accompanied with its PENCOM certificate only without the requisite tax clearance document.”

The statement further reads: “SMV Limited and Young Stallion Group Limited (Lot 83) submitted bids for the N150 million contract for the construction of a mini-stadium at Kashere in Gombe Central Senatorial District, but both were shortlisted despite not meeting the requirements on tax clearance certificates”.

“Aicon Residential Limited (Lot 84) also submitted a bid for the N150 million contract for the rehabilitation/maintenance of water infrastructure in Yobe East Senatorial District without submitting its tax clearance certificate.

“ABG Synergy Limited was prequalified for the N50 million contract to supply tricycles, popularly called “Keke NAPEP” in Monguno/Marte/Nganzi Federal Constituency of Borno State despite not attaching any of the two vital documents to its bid.

“Budmusdru Hill Limited and Khamz Intercontinental Limited (Lot 386) shortlisted for a N100 million contract to train youth and community leaders in Niger North Senatorial District also did not meet the requirements.

“De Poor Shall Rich Limited and Dankole Global Services (Lot 281) were shortlisted to bid for the N60 million contract to supply motorcycles in Edo Central Senatorial District without their tax clearance certificates.
“Yalele Farms Limited (Lot 315) was shortlisted for the N60 million Strategic Empowerment and Training of Women and Youth in Zaki Federal Constituency with absolutely no requisite documentation,” the statement said.

“Section 23 (1) of the PPA (2007) does not allow federal agencies or their management to manipulate procurement guidelines to favour any party during a contracting process.

“Where a procuring entity has made a decision with respect to the minimum qualification of suppliers, contractors or service providers by requesting interested persons to submit applications to prequalify, it shall set out precise criteria upon which it seeks to give consideration to the applications and in reaching a decision as to which supplier, contractor or service provider qualifies, shall apply, only the criteria set out in the prequalification documents and no more.”

“BDCA procurement officials disregarded some key criteria for selection of prospective contractors, as well as some requirements for the award of contracts, in a potential violation of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2007.

Waziri Adamawa said concluded that, with these,  the President Buhari’s anti-corruption posturing is “further undermined if officials at the BDCA are allowed to go ahead with the flawed contracting process in brazen defiance of the country’s extant procurement regulations.

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