The presidency on Sunday accused a former Governor of Jigawa state, Mr Sule Lamido of being morally bankrupt.
A Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Shehu Garba was reacting to an interview Lamido reportedly granted recently.
According to him, Lamido allegedly attacked President Buhari over the ongoing war against corruption.
“It is only in Nigeria that a leader will divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns round to start pontificating on public morals, in the process subjecting the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.
“It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution will start going around saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics,” he said while lamenting the attitude of some politicians.
Although the presidential aide further pleaded with the opposition politicians to support Buhari in the anti-graft fight, he however said Lamido was only trying to divert the public’s attention from his alleged scam-related cases.
“In his diatribe published in the Vanguard newspaper last week, it is clear that the former governor not only set out to mock the President but the judiciary and important national institutions as part of an orchestrated plot to divert public attention from his scam related cases.
“If President Buhari’s war against corruption as he said, was a mockery what does one say of Governor Lamido’s sworn efforts to sabotage the country’s efforts to rid itself of the cancer of corruption?” he questioned.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former governor of Imo State, Mr Ikedi Ohakim, who is standing trial on charges of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.
This came one day after he was remanded in the custody of the EFCC.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola released the former governor on bail on the condition that he will provide one surety in the sum of 270 million naira and who must be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory and also own a property in the nation’s capital.
He, however, said that the surety can in the alternative swear to an affidavit of means which must be verified by the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
He also ordered the former governor to deposit his passport and all travel documents with the court.
Mr Ohakim, who pleaded not guilty to the 3-count charge of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering was surrounded by his lawyers and family members as he appeared in court
In his application for bail, Mr Ohakim, through his counsel, submitted that the offence for which he is standing trial is a bailable offence and since the prosecution has concluded investigation, there is no reason to keep him in custody.
He urged the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.
In his ruling, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said that the court exercised its discretion in favour of the accused because the offences for which he is standing trial are bailable and an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Thousands of police officers have been deployed for the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Kano State, North-West Nigeria.
Addressing reporters shortly after the Inter-Agency Consultative Security Meeting on Elections, the State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, said that the officers are to ensure a peaceful conduct of the polls on Saturday, April 11.
Despite the success recorded during the presidential elections, Mr. Idris said that security agencies in Kano are not taking any chances in ensuring that no one interferes with the electoral process.
Many Kano residents, who have commended the Police for their role in the success of the presidential elections, have also said that they expect more proactive measures to curtail the excesses of some political party supporters.
Meanwhile, during a meeting with the Divisional Police Officers, the Police Commissioner also urged them to ensure that the elections are successful.
In another development, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Mr. Hussaini Halilu, says distribution of materials would be done on Thursday and Friday.
In the meantime, the Police have directed the restriction of movement from 6am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
What appears to be a major split has occurred in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as seven of the PDP governors have formed a faction of the party.
Five of the governors – Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara, Muazu Aliyu of Niger, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto States – had earlier walked out of the Eagle Square, venue of the party’s convention in Abuja.
Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers States, who were barred from attending the convention, also joined the other governors to form the factional PDP.
Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, Senator Bukola Saraki and former national secretary of the PDP are also said to be members of the newly formed parallel PDP.
Prince Oyinlola was announced as the national secretary of the new PDP faction.
The group who told a news conference, that it has taken over the party’s structure, also announced former acting national chairman of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje as the new national chairman.
The party leaders said they took the decision to salvage the PDP from those who have hijacked it.
Five of the governors had recently visited some key leaders of the party to express their displeasure over the manner the party was being run.
Aminu Lamido, eldest son of Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, has been remanded in prison custody until Tuesday following his arraignment on Monday at a Federal High Court in Kano on money laundering charges.
Judge Satun Riman ordered that Mr Lamido be remanded in prison pending his ruling on his bail application after he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Prior to this time, the governor’s son had been enjoying administrative bail granted to him by the EFCC since December 13, a day after he was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport by EFCC operatives for allegedly not declaring $40,000 in his possession on his way to board an Egypt bound flight to Cairo.