N255m Car Scandal: Aviation Minister Stella Oduah Gets 72hrs To Resign
The heat is on. Nigeria’s most visible anti-corruption watchdog led
by a former legislator, Hon. Dino Melaye, has given Nigeria’s Minister
of Aviation, Stella Oduah 72 hours to resign from office.
The ultimatum follows revelations that she arm-twisted a
cash-strapped agency, the NCAA, to purchase two armored BMW 760 Li cars
for her at highly inflated prices.
A top source in Abuja that even President Goodluck Jonathan is
shocked at Stella Oduah’s spending of N255m for just two cars but he
can’t do anything due to some reasons.
Anyway, Dino Melaye said his group will embark on series of actions
to force President Jonathan to fire the Mrs. Oduah as a minister of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as order her to return the $1.6
million to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, which was forced to buy
Dino Melaye said the purchase of the vehicles was done in violation
of the various rules and law guiding such high-level procurement by
government officials, particularly the monetiazation policy of federal
First, Dino Melaye said he is heading to court next Tuesday to force the EFCC to prosecute the Minister.
On the cost of the vehicles, Melaye described them as “unconscionable,”
recalling that the Speaker of House of Reps also purchased two Armored
Mercedes Benz S-600 B7 grade armored cars a year ago for less than
He also disclosed that he had requested for quotations from Germany
that show that the vehicles actually cost less than $200,000 each. Even
then, he stressed, the Minister has no right to purchase the vehicles
for her personal use in the first place.
Stella Oduah is the co-chair of President Jonathan’s main
presidential campaign team, Neighbor-2-Neighbor hence she may not be
sacked since Jonathan is known to romance corrupt people openly…