By Umar Muhammad Puma
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned the sealing of Integrated Logistic Services (Intels), a company linked to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar by the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS).
The Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS), has on Monday sealed Intels Headquarters in Onne, Nigeria’s Niger Delta over alleged failure of the company to pay unremitted taxes.
How Frank in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, said it is deliberate ploy to weaken Atiku Abubakar ahead of his perceived ambition for 2019?”
He advised FIRS not not to drag itself into the politics of 2019 general elections, saying “this is not the time to play politics with the issues of governance. “It is pertinent to note that in the history, since the establishment of Intels, no Central Government has ever brazenly persecuted the Intels like this present Government.
“The act of the FIRS, NPA, and FTZ as agencies of government is and can be seen to be a calculated attempt to humiliate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. How come FIRS just realized the non- payment of tax by intels? The export free zone just realized that intels is operating illegally.If the agencies just realized all these , it means they have shown total failure in discharging their duties.
Let’s learn to follow due process.”
While pleading to the Presidency to promptly intervene before it get out of hands, added that: “I want to believe that the presidency is not aware of this over bearing and over zealousness on the part of these government agencies. By this , I plead with the presidency to promptly intervene on this matter appropriately in due course before it gets late.”
He warned the government agencies to thread carefully, saying “my thoughts are that some political leaders who are afraid of his profile are hell bent on trauncating his perceived ambition are behind all these.
“The good news is that no Matter what these Agencies of Government do, the prerogative and his decision to run for presidency come 2019 is his fundamental right and rightly so if he so desires.
“Nigeria as it is today has a lot going on and this latest brazen acts by Government Agencies is the least on the minds of Nigerians.
“We encourage government agencies to do their work but also take note that governance should not be reduced as a tool to witch hunting individuals, by playing petty politics.
“I see this as an intimidation coming from agencies of government of the day on an innocent Nigerian. We must not be cowed by this agencies of government who wants to turn themselves to political actors to gain favour from the government of the day.
“Today is Atiku, tomorrow it can be any other person and for this purpose we must all stand against this impunity.. Let’s all thread carefully as we strive for a better country and democracy..”
The APC chieftain, however, called on Nigerians to rise up to any attemp of vilifying any individual in the guise of over zealousness of government agencies.