South-South Coordinator of the Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group (OSSG), Mr Clement Ebitimi, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for meddling in the forensic audit of Oando Plc.
Some newspapers reported on Monday that Adeosun unearthed a previous petition against Mounir Gwarzo and suspended him as Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] because he demanded to be served in writing with her order to stop SEC’s forensic audit of Oando Plc.
In a statement in Port Harcourt yesterday, Ebitimi said Adeosun has “lost the moral authority” to remain in President Buhari’s cabinet considering “her repugnant role in shielding the embattled management of Oando Plc from forensic audit in the face of the monumental abuse in the company”.
Ebitimi, who led a group of shareholders to protest at Oando’s Annual General Meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in September said, “We condemn in strongest terms the recent suspension of the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr Munir Gwarzo, by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun. Facts in the public space have revealed that Mrs Kemi Adeosun acted in her capacity as a federal minister to stall the impending forensic audit into Oando Nigeria Plc. This is a gross abuse of power and an embarrassment to our corporate existence as a nation. It is shameful, totally embarrassing and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.
“We consider the suspension as an abuse of public office, completely unexpected and unacceptable of a government official. There is nothing more definitive and exemplifying of corruption than the action by the Minister. She has personally and singly rendered the anti-corruption mantle of this government rudderless by this singular action. She is not fit to remain a part of the Buhari administration and no longer fit to be entrusted with any public assignment. The Minister has failed to act honourably on this matter and consequently made it difficult to bestow honour on her.”