Department of State Security Service, DSS has submitted a report of its findings on its investigation of National Chairman of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Mr. Abubakar Malami for review, it was reliably gathered in Abuja yesterday.
The embattled party chairman was recently summoned for interrogation by the leadership of the secret police following allegations of financial inducement and compromise in the conduct and outcome of recently held APC primaries. The party leadership was accused of collecting bribes in millions of dollars to favour particular aspirants who eventually emerged as candidates particularly in Imo and Ogun states, among others.
After being granted bail, Oshiomhole traveled out of the country and returned on Friday last week and thereafter granted media interviews to deny allegations against him. Some of his friends and supporters have fingered some aggrieved APC governors like, Messers Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Rochas Okorocha of Imo; and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo among others as brains behind the DSS probe, an allegation the governors have equally denied.
A reliable government official familiar with the probe said in Abuja yesterday that DSS has since submitted the report of its findings to Malami for review and appropriate legal advice.
According to the source, “I’m aware Minister of Justice is on the case. He may take it over or die naturally. The outcome of the review of DSS investigative report by office of Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation in few days ahead, will decide Oshiomhole’s faith.”
When contacted, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC late yesterday to confirm whether it has also got a copy of the report for further investigation, the anti-graft agency through its spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade said the Commission was not investigating Oshiomhole on the bribery allegation.
“We, therefore, don’t have a say as to the status of the allegations or the stage the investigation is at the moment, if at all there is such. If and when we are availed with such petition of financial impropriety, EFCC, being a responsible anti-graft agency, will surely do the needful,” the agency’s spokesman stated.
Efforts to speak with the AGF on the probe report up till 9:30pm yesterday proved abortive as his phone numbers were switched off while text messages sent to him were also not replied.