President Muhammadu Buhari will not investigate how individuals or political aspirants within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) got a hundred mission naira (N100m) to purchase their presidential forms.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this during an interview on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, noting that it is not necessary for the president to carry out a probe.
Shehu said that there are anti-graft agencies and even journalists whose responsibility it is to carry out such probes.
“This sort of scrutiny is largely up to the civil society, and you the media. Ask questions, go to them,” the president’s aide urged.
“To ask the president to launch an investigation, where does that take us? I don’t think that is the right way to go.”
Addressing the president’s latest directive regarding appointees seeking political office, Mr Shehu said contrary to what some might have thought, the directive that ministers, heads of agencies, and other appointees seeking elective offices should resign their appointments, is not in line with the section 84 of the Electoral Act.
“He made no reference to section 84, he simply gave the directive and I think it’s clear that as the head of the executive arm of government, he owns the executive authority and power to decide,” Garba Shehu noted.
According to him, ministers seeking to have a consultation with president Buhari before resigning will be able to do so on Friday, however, the directive still stands.