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Alleged corruption: Oshiomhole’s probe will be true test of Buhari’s anti-graft war – Saraki  

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The last may be yet to be heard about the allegations of bribery levelled against the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, over the conduct of the just concluded APC primary elections, as Senate President Bukola Saraki, has said the matter is a litmus test for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.
Specifically, the Senate President posited that Nigerians are eagerly awaiting how President Buhari will handle the issue.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Thursday, Saraki also described the threat by the former Edo State Governor to sue him over his statement that Oshiomhole ought to quit politics on moral grounds over the allegations against him, as an empty boast because he (Saraki) will be ready to meet him (Oshiomhole) in court.

“Nigerians are waiting to see how the President will handle the serious allegations against his party chairman. We expect the President with his anti-corruption campaign to institute thorough and transparent investigation into the allegations against his party chairman.

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“The failure of the President to get to the root of the matter will finally destroy his ability and that of the party to continue to talk of any anti-graft battle. The President should let the investigation be thorough, open and transparent. This is no time for any cover-up,” he stated.
Saraki maintained that until the outcome of a thorough investigation is known to Nigerians and the APC chairman is cleared of the allegations against him, Oshiomhole is not on a firm ground to talk about morality or fight against corruption.
Both Saraki and Oshiomhole have been engaged in war of words over the latter’s recent calls for the former’s resignation on moral ground, even as the nation’s Number Three Citizen insisted that the APC National Chairman’s hands are soiled with corruption.

OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja