The Action Congress (AC), has called for the revocation of the four radio and television licences which former President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly awarded to himself a day before leaving office.
The party also called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the award of the licences, which were part of the 38 licences approved by Obasanjo 28 May 2007, a day before he handed over to President Umaru Yar’Adua.
The call, contained in a statement issued by AC’s Spokesman Lai Mohammed in the capital city of Abuja Thursday, followed a report published by the local Daily Trust newspaper on the same day.
AC said the probe must unravel the owners of the other licences, whether their applications followed due process and whether they gained an unfair advantage over other applicants.
“We have always said that this self-professed anti-corruption Czar is himself an epitome of corruption. The signposts were all there, but no one paid attention to the antics of a supposedly graft-fighting President, who acquired 200,000 shares in UBA; acquired huge shares in Transcorp and used the presidential jet to ferry proceeds of laundered funds, just to name a few.
“What is so urgent about acquiring radio and television licences that cannot wait until he (Obasanjo) has left office, at least to avoid any perception of impropriety by a sitting President?” the opposition party queried.
The party said if the rule of law mantra by the Yar’Adua administration was not a ruse, ”and if it indeed believes no one, no matter how highly placed, is above the law, then it must move quickly to get to the root of the matter”.