Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the reinstatement of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, former boss of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) as a bold symptom that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government is rotten.
The former president made this assertion in a statement issued on his behalf by his former Special Assistant on New Media, Mr. Reno Omokri.
The statement was a riposte to an interview granted by Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, APC National Publicity Secretary, to The PUNCH.
In the interview published on 11 November, Mr. Abdullahi was quoted to have said that Mr. Maina is a legacy of Maina is a legacy of former President Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The APC spokesman also was also quoted as having said: “David Mark (former Senate President) declared at a plenary that the then President Goodluck Jonathan should choose between Maina and the National Assembly.”
The former President branded Mr. Abdullahi's claims as historical revisionism of the highest order and a major feature of the dishonest character of the APC has become known for.
"Abdulrasheed Maina was not recruited into the civil service during the PDP administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. That administration and the party met him already in the system."
"When his alleged thievery was discovered, it was the PDP administration of President Jonathan that dismissed Maina from the civil service and declared him wanted," the statement said.
It added that rather than living up to its propagandized anti-corruption pretensions, the APC-led administration, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr.Abubakar Malami, wrote a memo to the Federal Civil Service Commission advising that Maina is reinstated and was subsequently reinstate and given double promotion, a development exposed by Premium Times.
"When Premium Times blew the lid off the scandal, the Maina family gave a press conference where they stated that their son was invited by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to help it deliver on its change agenda."
"It was also discovered that Abdulrasheed Maina had printed posters to contest to be the next Borno state Governor under the banner of the APC," the statement further said.
More than two weeks after the Maina family's press conference, the statement noted, the Buhari administration is yet to deny their assertions. It equally recalled that the Maina family threatened to ‘expose the cabal in the Presidency’ if they leave Maina and that the Northern politician, Dr. Junaid Mohammed revealed that Mr. Maina was moving about with armed security escorts.
In addition, the former President pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari denied that he was aware of Mr. Maina's reinstatement despite the Head of Service 's memo to him reminding him that she had warned against the move.
Rather than reward the Head of Service, noted the former President, the administration tried to bully through Mr. Abba Kyari, the President’s Chief of Staff, an episode caught on camera.
"How Maina can be a legacy of Jonathan and the PDP in view of the above indisputable facts? If at all anybody is a legacy of the PDP, that person is no other than Bolaji Abdullahi himself, who was brought to national limelight by the PDP administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan who gave him a ministerial position."
"He is now the spokesman of the APC today, a typical trait of an unprincipled AGIP (Any Government In Power) politician. We are aware that the APC administration is embarrassed by its one day one scandal government."
"Whether it is Maina, the NNPC $25 billion scam, Babachir grass cutter scam, Amina Mohammed’s $300 million timber scandal, the ₦700 million ministry of mines and steel website, Buratai’s Dubai house, the Ikoyi billions, the budget padding scandal, the missing budget scandal, no paracetamol in State House Clinic scandal, the fact remains that the Buhari administration has delivered more corruption than change to the Nigerian people," the statement said.