From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has withdrawn the nominations of Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanmu, who were named to the board of the anti-graft agency, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), as they are being investigated for corruption.
Spokesman to the acting president, Laolu Akande, through his twitter handle @akandeoj, said their nomination conflicts with the anti-corruption stance of the current administration.
Akande said although checks revealed that there were no court convictions against the duo, the present administration will always do the right thing when weighty petitions come up.
Akande said: “We are stepping down two of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission, as this presents a conflict. This case presents a peculiarity as we have confirmed that the agency in which they are to serve is, indeed, investigating the two of them.
“A basic check showed no court conviction against them. But when weighty petitions come up, this administration will always do the right thing, although existence of allegations or petitions against them shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them from considerations for appointments…”
Alanamu and Aliyu were two of the 14 persons nominated on Tuesday to the board of the ICPC, by Osinbajo. The two nominees are separately under investigations by the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the ICPC, for alleged corrupt practices.