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Former National Vice-Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Chief Asukewe Iko-Awaji has said that over 65 per cent would have been jailed if the FG had not given up in its quest to eradicate corruption.
Iko-Awaji noted that out of all the ‘stained’ governors, only one former governor had been convicted and jailed for financial misappropriation since the inception of the current democratic dispensation in 1999.
He recalled that over 31 past governors were on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to have misappropriated huge money belonging to their states, adding that none of the governors had been prosecuted ever.
Iko-Awaji said, “Going by the rate at which governors steal public money from 1999 to date, more than 65 per cent of those who served and those still serving as governors should be in jail.
“Unfortunately, it is only one governor that was found guilty and jailed abroad. It shows the judiciary and the anti-corruption agencies in the country have a lot to do to ensure that public office holders who stole from the nation’s coffers do not go scot-free.”
He said, “For the incumbent governors, they always come up with huge budgets, but at the end of the year, there is nothing to show for these huge budgets. It is only in Nigeria that governors and other leaders don’t retire budgets.
“In a proper democracy, a governor or any public office holder should give account of what he spent while in office. Is it not worrisome that former Governor James Ibori, who was seen as a saint by the judiciary, was eventually jailed in London?