Peter Nwaoboshi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Peter Nwaoboshi
Chairman People's Democratic Party (Nigeria), Delta State
In office
2008–2014
PresidentMuhammadu Buhari
Vice PresidentYemi Osinbajo
Member of the Senate of Nigeria for Delta North
In office
9 June 2015 – 9 June 2019
In office
2019
Personal details
Born1958
Delta State
CitizenshipNigeria

Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi (born 1958 in Delta State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian politician.[1][2] He was the senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate. He is a senator of the 8th and 9th republic of the National Assembly in Nigeria respectively.[3][4] He was sacked shorty after being announced senator elect during the 2019 general elections by a Federal High Court in Abuja as Senator-elect on allegations that he was not validly elected by his political party.[5][6][7] The Appeal Court in Abuja however upturned the decision on 30 May 2019. The lead judge held that the Federal High Court that nullified his election had no jurisdiction over the case.[8][9]

Personal life and education[edit]

Peter Nwaoboshi was born in 1958 in Delta State, Nigeria.[citation needed] Nwaoboshi attended St.Thomas Teachers College where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1976.[citation needed] In 1986, he graduated from University of Benin where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws. He also has a Master of Laws from Delta State University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Nwaoboshi began his career in 1979 as an aide to Samuel Ogbemudia the then Governor of the now defunct Bendel State. Subsequently, he was appointed Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation. In 1999, he was also a political adviser to Governor James Ibori. In 2000, he was appointed Commissioner for Agriculture and Special Duties in Delta State where he served in that position till 2006. In 2008, he was appointed State Chairman of the People's Democratic Party in Delta State. He served for a second term as State Chairman in 2012 and in 2014 resigned to run for senate.[10][11][12]

In 2015, he was elected into office as a Senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the National Assembly.[13][14] He was subsequently appointed Chairman Senate committee on Niger Delta.[15] In 2019, he was re-elected into the senate under the People's Democratic Party.[16][17]

Court Sack as Senator-elect[edit]

On 3 April 2019 a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Peter Nwaoboshi as Senator-elect of representing Delta North senatorial district on grounds that he was not validly nominated in the party primaries held by the People's Democratic Party in Delta State.[18] He was also ordered by Justice Ahmed Mohammed parading himself as senator-elect. According to the summons filed against him by his opponent in the party primaries Prince Nwoko stated that the People's Democractic party had unlawfully announced him the winner after he was defeated in the primaries, it was also alleged that Nwoboshi hired thugs to cause a mass scare and stampede when he learnt of his brewing defeat.[19][20]

On 4 April 2019 Peter Nwaoboshi appealed to the judgement sacking him as senator-elect.[21][22] On 17 April 2019 a Federal High Court in Abuja denied Nwaoboshi's appeal to issue a restraining order to Independent National Electorate Commission stating that it was out of its jurisdiction as an Appeal court had already ruled on the case, consequently the Justice Mahmud Mohammed ordered that Independent National Electorate Commission should withdraw the certificate of return issued to Nwaoboshi and reissue a new certificate to Prince Ned Nwoko.[23][24]

On 11 May 2019 the Independent National Electoral Commission withdrew the certificate of return issued to Nwaoboshi.[25][26][27]

Bills sponsored[edit]

In 2016, Peter Nwaoboshi sponsored a bill "The Code of Conduct Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB 248)". The bill passed its first reading but was never signed or implemented into law.[28][29]

Fraud[edit]

$6.5 million Equipment fraud[edit]

On 31 March 2017 Economic and Financial Crimes Commission revealed to Punch Nigeria that an investigation was ongoing concerning the purchase of "used equipment" instead of the proposed new equipment that was supposed to be supplied to the Delta State government by Peter Nwaoboshi and his brother. Nwaoboshi was said to have used his company Bilderberg Enterprises Limited to secure a N2.1billion ($6.5million approximately) contract.[30][31] The contract was awarded to Bilderberg Enterprises Limited sum of N1,580,000,000 and N474,936,000 respectively. The information was released to the media barely forty eight hours after Nwaoboshi raised a point of order in the Senate during a sitting that Ibrahim Magu had been "terrorizing" senators since he was not confirmed and asked for his removal from office as EFCC Chairman.[32][33][34]

12-story building in Lagos[edit]

Peter Nwaoboshi was said to have purchased a 12-story building for the total sum of N805,000,000 which was owned and sold by the Delta State government to his company Golden Touch Construction Project Limited from the proceeds of the equipment fraud. A warehouse was also allegedly purchased at Apapa Wharf, Lagos for the sum of N800, 000,000.[35]

23 undeclared bank accounts[edit]

During the investigation carried out by EFCC, the agency also discovered that his Bank Verification Number (BVN) was registered with over 23 banks of which are undeclared. In line with the Code of Conduct Bureau Nigeria that all assets must be declared, Nwaoboshi failed to disclosed his other accounts and also state that his brother Augustine Nwaoboshi is a sole signatory to some of those accounts.[36]

EFCC vs Peter Nwaoboshi[edit]

In March 2017, Golden Touch Constructions and Suiming Electrical Limited, both sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to a Federal High Court in Asaba requesting a restraining order that the commission not interfere with ownership and purchase of the 12 story building purchased in Apapa, Lagos by Nwaoboshi with the money obtained from the contract of the Delta State government. Barely eight months into the case, EFCC requested the trial be handled by a Federal High Court in Lagos which almost resulted in a judicial fiasco.[37]

On 3 October 2017, EFCC presented its first witness before the Federal High Court in Asaba, an EFCC staff who stated that " a case of fraud and abuse of office was reported to the office of the Executive Chairman of EFCC via a written petition dated 22nd February, 2016 by Comrade Prince Kpokpgri, the chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum against Senator Peter Nwaoboshi". The witness for EFCC stated that the accuser Nwaoboshi was invited for an interview and statements were voluntarily written by Nwaoboshi. The witness for the EFCC also stated that investigations revealed that Nwaoboshi was the owner of Golden Touch Constructions used in the purchase of the warehouse and 12 story building. Prior to his swearing in as Senator, Nwaoboshi had not revealed to the Code of Conduct Bureau that he was a Director at Golden Touch Construction Project Limited instead according to evidence obtained from the Corporate Affairs Commission Mr. Ike Nwabuoku and Emma Ekpon are the only sole directors of the company. It was also revealed that Suiming Electrical Limited is the vendor of the 12-story building.[38]

The case subsequently was transferred to a Federal High Court in Lagos.

On 23 April 2018 Nwaoboshi was arrested by EFCC and arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos. On 24 April, the two companies Golden Touch Constructions and Suiming Electrical Limited were also arraigned before the court.[39][40][41] Suiming Electrical Limited was charged with aiding and abetting Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Limited to commit money laundering.[42] The act by Nwaoboshi breached the provisions of Sections 15(2), (d), 15 (3) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 of Nigeria and are liable to punishment under Section 15(3) of the same Act. Nwaoboshi pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail after two days of detention Justice Mohammed Idris.[43][44] It was also revealed during the court proceedings that Suiming Electrical Limited also provided Golden Touch Limited with a part of the payment for the 12 story building, the payment came from Zenith Bank account belonging to Suiming, it was also noted that Nwoboshi had earilier used Suiming Electrical Limited to obtain a loan from Nexim Bank.[45] In June 2018, it was also gathered that Nwaboshi had defaulted in paying a loan he obtained from Nexim Bank.[46]

On 5 October 2018 he was re arraigned to the Court of Appeal by EFCC where Prince Kpokpogri, an anti-corruption activist was the first witness for the EFCC. During the proceedings he stated that a document was dropped off at the front of his office containing allegations that the senator elect was involved in money laundering. The case was then adjourned to 26 November.[47][48]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Checkout Senator Dino Melaye Controversial Dressing To National Assembly - Gistmania". www.gistmania.com. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  2. ^ "List of 83 Senators who supported Saraki in his fight against Buhari /Tinubu". ScanNews Nigeria. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Full List Of Newly-Elected Senate Members Of The National Assembly". LATEST NIGERIAN NEWS BREAKING HEADLINES NEWSPAPERS. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Sinatọ Nwaoboshi agaala mkpọrọ Ikoyi". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Delta Election: What Senator Peter Nwaoboshi Said After Court Sacked Him". Concise News.
  6. ^ Adoyi, Ali (4 April 2019). "Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ Television, Oak (5 April 2019). "Court sacks Delta PDP Senator-elect, Peter Nwaobosi, affirms Ned Nwoko as party's candidate". OAK TV. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  8. ^ Published. "ICYMI: Appeal Court sacks Ned Nwoko, reinstates Nwaoboshi as Delta senator-elect". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  9. ^ siteadmin (30 May 2019). "BREAKING: Court Of Appeal Sacks Ned Nwoko, Reinstates Nwoboshi". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Delta 2015 and spectre of political violence". The Nation Nigeria. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  11. ^ "The Position of Urhobo Nation in 2015 General Election". Urhobo Today. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  12. ^ Asaba. "Who is Barr. Peter Nwaoboshi?". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Who is who in the Eighth Senate". The Nation Nigeria. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  14. ^ Publisher. "House reconciliation: Tinubu bounces back | National Daily Newspaper". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  15. ^ Ugwu, Chidi (25 April 2019). "FG Blacklists Contractors Over Poor Performance". Independent Newspapers Nigeria. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  16. ^ Published. "Most new senators may not chair committees in 9th Senate". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  17. ^ Busari, Kemi (29 January 2019). "Despite defections, APC maintains majority in Senate". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Court sacks Delta North senator-elect, Nwaoboshi". Premium Times Nigeria. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  19. ^ adekunle (3 April 2019). "Delta: Court sacks PDP Senator-elect, Nwaoboshi over illegal primary election". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Court Sacks Delta Senator-Elect, Nwaoboshi – Channels Television". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Nwaoboshi Appeals Judgement Sacking Him As Delta North Senator-Elect – Channels Television". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  22. ^ adekunle (4 April 2019). "Nwaoboshi appeals judgment, says he remains senator-elect". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  23. ^ editor (17 April 2019). "Delta North: Nwaoboshi Fails to Stop INEC from Issuing Certificate of Return to Ned Nwoko". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 22 April 2019.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  24. ^ adekunle (17 April 2019). "Delta: Court declines to stay execution of judgment against Nwaoboshi". Vanguard News. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  25. ^ siteadmin (11 May 2019). "INEC Withdraws Senator Peter Nwaoboshi's Certificate Of Return". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  26. ^ Abiola, Rahaman (12 May 2019). "Nwaoboshi sacked as Delta senator-elect as INEC issues Nwoko return certificate". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  27. ^ Igbekoyi, Felix (11 May 2019). "INEC Drops Nwaoboshi, Issues Certificate Of Return To Nwoko". Independent Newspapers Nigeria. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  28. ^ adekunle (13 April 2016). "The 8th National Assembly and the rest of us". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  29. ^ "Senate moves to amend Code of Conduct Act". The Nation Nigeria. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  30. ^ Latestnigeriannews. "N2.1bn contract fraud: EFCC probes Senator Nwaoboshi, brother". Latest Nigerian News. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  31. ^ adekunle (31 March 2017). "N2.1bn contract fraud: EFCC probes Senator Nwaoboshi, brother". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  32. ^ Nwachukwu, John Owen (17 April 2017). "EFCC after me because I'm against Magu's confirmation - Senator Nwaboshi". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  33. ^ admin (31 March 2017). "N2.1bn contract fraud: EFCC probes Senator Nwaoboshi, brother". The Tabloid NG | Breaking News, Gossip, Defense, Entertainment, Gists. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  34. ^ Polycarp, Nwafor (1 April 2017). "Nwaoboshi denies EFCC's N2.1b contract scam allegation". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  35. ^ Okogba, Emmanuel (25 April 2017). "Nwaoboshi forfeits 12-storey building to FG". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  36. ^ adekunle (31 March 2017). "N2.1bn contract fraud: EFCC probes Senator Nwaoboshi, brother". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  37. ^ Warami, Urowayino (25 May 2018). "EFCC Vs Sen. Nwaoboshi!". Vanguard News Nigeria. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  38. ^ Odunsi, Wale (20 September 2018). "Senator Nwaoboshi reacts as Nigerian govt secures his arrest warrant". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  39. ^ "EFCC arrests PDP senator on 'looters' list". TheCable. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  40. ^ Olabiyi, Lukman (25 April 2018). "Senator remanded in prison over N805m fraud". satellite Times. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  41. ^ admin (3 May 2018). "Senator Nwaoboshi Writes Senate on EFCC Arrest". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  42. ^ "EFCC re-arraigns Nigerian senator over N322 million fraud". Premium Times Nigeria. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  43. ^ siteadmin (27 April 2018). "N322m Fraud: Court Grants Senator Nwaoboshi Bail". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  44. ^ "Nwaoboshi, PDP senator, granted bail after two days in prison". TheCable. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  45. ^ siteadmin (24 April 2018). "EFCC Grills Nwaoboshi Over N4b Contracts". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  46. ^ Shosanya, Mohammed (21 June 2018). "How Nwaoboshi Defaulted In Repaying His Debt – NEXIM Bank". Independent Newspapers Nigeria. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  47. ^ Monitor, Security (14 November 2018). "Alledge N322bn Fraud: Activist Testifies Against Senator Nwaoboshi In Court". Security Monitor. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  48. ^ Published. "How I got the document alleging N322m fraud against Senator Peter Nwaoboshi –Witness". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

External links[edit]