by Stanley Azuakola
What we read somewhere in the good book was that “the sins of the fathers would be visited on the children…” Apparently, the Action Congress of Nigeria takes objection to that saying. To them, it should be the reverse, especially when the ‘father’ is the face of their archrival, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
By now everyone knows about the matter involving Mahmud Tukur, the son of the PDP national chairman, Bamanga Tukur. If for some reason you took a snooze pill and are unaware, here are the facts:
Tukur (Jnr.) was charged to court by the EFCC, together with Mamman Ali, the son of former PDP chairman, Ahmadu Ali, and eight others. The EFCC, after preliminary investigations, believes that the accused persons unlawfully dipped their hands into the government’s fuel subsidy jar. The case has been brought before a Lagos High Court, and Nigerians are following proceedings keenly.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has obviously been following the case as well. On Sunday, the party spoke officially, through its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a press statement released in Lagos.
Mohammed said that ACN’s position is for Tukur (Snr.) to resign over his son’s alleged sins. They said that this would enable him to relieve himself of the huge moral burden placed on him by his continued stay in office.
The statement was quick to clarify that although Alhaji Tukur himself, was not facing any charge in the court of law, he is “definitely a star suspect in the court of public opinion.” The ACN said it was for this reason that many Nigerians are already “insinuating that nothing will come out of the trial, especially as far as his son is concerned.”
Since news broke on the arraignment of Mahmud Tukur and his co-accused, pundits have been counting down to when the Action Congress of Nigeria, which has positioned itself as the major rival of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, would add their voice and gain some political mileage from the matter.
The ACN spokesman, however, emphasised for the avoidance of any misunderstanding, that his party subscribes to the constitutional provision which deems an accused person innocent until proven guilty, hence its intervention has no bearing on the guilt or otherwise of the accused in the case.
”While we have nothing but absolute confidence in the ability of the judicial process to ensure justice, we believe that anything than can reinforce the impression of thwarted justice in the fuel subsidy scam trial should be removed. Alhaji Bamagar Tukur’s continued stay in office is one of such,” the statement read.