Alleges play to cover up rot in aviation sector
More knocks have continued to trail the list of looters that was recently released by the federal government as part of the on-going crusade against corruption.
Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah, delivered her own punch challenging the federal government to back her indictment with proofs.
She berated her inclusion in the second batch of the list by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for having looted public treasury in her time as Minister of Aviation, describing it as a witch hunt.
Calling the development as “worrisome” Odua made her position known in a press statement released at Abuja.
“My attention has been drawn to the illusionary list of looters released by Lai Mohammed in which, by treachery or by happenstance, my name featured. It is worrisome how a serving minister could condescend so low in what appeared like a childish altercation to start mentioning names of his alleged looters without verified or verifiable facts, in order to win what he considered a quarrel.
This is a deliberate witch hunt taking against those he considered prominent in the achievements of the past administration. How can he mention my name against an allegation of a whooping sum of N9.8 billion. But for the records, I would have simply ignored him since his notoriety in making false and laughable statements has gained prominence in recent times. Record has it that my achievements as the Aviation Minister are unbeatable till date.
I did not engage in any financial impropriety as the Minister and the allegation involving the said sum of N9.8 billion is not only untrue but laughable,” she said.
Odua further flayed her inclusion in the list as a gimmick to cover-up current non-performance in the aviation sector under the present regime as against the giant strides it recorded while she held sway.
“The said contract awarded by the Ministry of Aviation under my watch was executed and based on the request of the contractors, they were paid their money which they utilised in the manner they did.
The records are still with the Ministry. I have no business with the companies that took part in executing that contract and till now, I do not understand how anything went wrong over that contract that was executed. I have never taken any illegal proceeds from the government purse.
Maybe the federal government is envious of my achievements in the aviation sector and is desirous of covering up their non-performance,” she added.