A social-political group in Abuja, the Center For Truth And Justice, has made allegations against former House of Representatives member and current State Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon Barr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha. They claim that Onyejeocha allegedly attempted to interfere with court proceedings by offering 50 million Naira to the Apapa faction of the Labour Party.
During a press conference, the group expressed concerns that Onyejeocha may have intended to harm individuals on her “hit list” and those who refused to comply with her requests.
“As a sitting Minister, we consider Onyejeocha’s actions to have the potential to lead to unforeseen and severe consequences that could jeopardize our democracy. Therefore, we felt compelled to address this matter promptly, as the powers of the state were never meant to be abused on any scale.”
The group has called upon the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, the Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, to clarify this situation. They request that he either confirm or disavow whether he sent Onyejeocha to intimidate the judiciary, harass INEC staff, and use his name and that of the President’s office in these actions. The group insists that the Chief of Staff should no longer remain silent, as his silence could give the impression of anything other than a commitment to democratic principles.
Furthermore, the group appeals to President Bola Tinubu to take action to stop this alleged misconduct by Onyejeocha, which they believe tarnishes his name. They stress that the position of a member of the Federal Executive Council is too important to be used for intimidating the judiciary into issuing fraudulent rulings.
“As a matter of urgency, considering Onyejeocha’s expressed desire to return to the House of Representatives and the alleged actions she has taken, leveraging President Tinubu’s name, we appeal to Mr. President to reassign her from her current role to preserve the sanctity of the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and President Tinubu’s reputation.”
Additionally, Onyejeocha’s electoral victory is being challenged in the court of appeal after her opponent, Hon Amobi Ogah, appealed the ruling by the National Assembly Election Tribunal in Umuahia, Abia State.
The threats the Minister is perceived to pose to Nigeria’s democracy revolve around her alleged use of President Tinubu’s and the Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila’s names to pressure state institutions into upholding the Tribunal’s ruling. It is claimed that she falsely told judges that these officials had directed the court of appeal to support the tribunal’s ruling, accompanied by threats to use anti-corruption agencies against them if they didn’t comply.
The Center For Truth And Justice claims to have verified reports of Onyejeocha’s interference in INEC’s operations. They assert that she successfully intimidated the counsel hired by the commission to represent it in her case at the court of appeal, causing him to withdraw. The replacement counsel is also under pressure due to alleged threats from Onyejeocha.”