Atiku Gave Me Greatest Fight Over Due Process Unit – Dr. Ezekwesili
A presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Thursday, took a swipe at the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for next year’s general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, accusing him of been consistently opposed to the establishment of Due Process Unit when he was a Vice President.
Dr. Ezekwesili, who made the revelation, while featuring as discussant at The Osasu Show Symposium, in Abuja, apparently reaction to interjection by Mr. Segun Sowomi, who represented Atiku Abubakar at the event said, “Can I tell you something, the candidate that this gentleman man happens to represent was the one who within office gave me the greatest fight to get Due Process Unit.”
She recalled that the ideal behind the establishment of the due Process office was to erode the believe by international community, especially the United States of America, USA, that Nigeria was extravagant and reckless nation, when it comes to management of public resources.
The 2nd Osasu Show Symposium with theme ‘Nigeria Rising! It’s time: Establishing Social Accountability between the Electorate and Leaders was organised by Television Presenter, Ms. Osasu Igbenedion, a daughter of former Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbenedion.
Recall that Oby Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President and anti-corruption campaigner, served as a Senior Special Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Budget Monitoring and in the Price Intelligence Unit, also known as “Due Process Unit” from 2003 to 2005.
This role earned her the nickname ‘Madam Due Process’ because she instituted several reforms and established due process mechanisms and strategies that refined Nigerian government’s public procurement and contracting practices.
And it was at that period that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the Vice President held sway as the Head of Economic team under former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration.
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