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Bribery Allegations: Oshiomhole On The Run As DSS Plots Further Questioning

By Dansu Peter

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has reportedly fled the country over the allegations of serial bribery during the just concluded party primaries across the nation.


The Peoples Democratic Party, has called on the National Intelligence Agency and INTERPOL to track down Oshiomhole, who is believed to be outside the country since his reported interrogation by the DSS over his roles in the rancourous primaries of the ruling party.

The party noted that Oshiomhole’s swift flight out of the country was suspect.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, accused President Buhari of shielding Oshiomhole from prosecution for fear that his investigation would implicate certain interests at the Presidency and the APC.

He said, “It is ludicrous that the APC, in its lying proclivities, believes that by dismissing Oshiomhole’s arrest as a rumour and aiding him to momentarily flee the country, it would succeed in getting him off the DSS hook as well as sweeping the matter out of public discourse with its famished broom.

“No! Nigerians are already aware that Oshiomhole has not denied his investigation including his reported confession that the Presidency was in the know of all his actions.

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole is expected to return to the Department of State Services for further interrogation anytime he returns to the country,a report according to Punch suggests

It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the investigation of the former governor of Edo State by the security agency.

It was gathered that the President was informed by the Director-General of the DSS, Mr Yusufi Bichi, about the desire of the agency to grill Oshiomhole over allegations leveled against him by some aggrieved members of the party.

Presidency sources told one of our correspondents that the President actually asked the secret police to “go ahead and do their job” when he was told about the allegations of the party chairman.

Oshiomhole, who became the national chairman of the party less than five months ago, has been having a running battle with some governors and leaders within the ruling party.

The leaders and the governors believed that the former governor did not handle the just concluded party primaries across the country well.

It was learnt that some of the governors, especially those who were unable to secure party tickets for their favourite candidates, had been mounting pressure on the President to overrule the party chairman on the choice of candidates from their states.

It was reported on Wednesday that the DSS grilled Oshiomhole for about nine hours between Sunday and Monday before he travelled out of the county.

Security sources confirmed to one of our correspondents that Oshiomhole would be expected to return for interrogation on his return to the country.

Investigations showed that the interrogation of Oshiomhole was kept secret because the DSS believed it was a party matter.

Apart from this, our correspondent gathered authoritatively that the DSS was planning to send the report of its investigations to the President alone.

The source said, “The comrade (Oshiomhole) is expected to return  for further interrogation when he returns to the country.  That’s why we released him on administrative bail.

“We are still looking at his statements and also carrying out further investigations.  This type of operation is not meant for the members of the public.

“Rather, we will brief the President when the report is ready.  Oshiomhole is the national chairman of the President’s political party. He deserves to know our report first.”

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