In an unexpected development, a new petition has surfaced against President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominee, Stella Erhuvwu Okotete.
This marks the second petition filed against her within a week since her inclusion in the ministerial list.
Petition to the Inspector General of Police:
Shortly after the unveiling of the ministerial list, Barrister Aare Oladotun Hassan Esq of Juryman Associate Chamber lodged a petition with the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.
The petition raised concerns about alleged falsification of documents, fraudulent misrepresentation of qualification, corrupt practices, monumental fraud, and misappropriation by Okotete during her tenure as a former Executive Director of Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM).
Petition to the Code of Conduct Bureau:
Simultaneously, another petition was submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by the civic group Volunteer Legal Practitioners Foundation for Morals and Values.
This petition demanded an investigation into Okotete’s alleged non-declaration of assets and operation of companies while in active service, which is believed to violate the 5th schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Civic Group’s Concerns:
The civic organization opposing Okotete’s nomination for a ministerial appointment highlighted that she failed to declare her assets as required by law since her appointment in 2015 as Executive Director of Nexim Bank.
Furthermore, they claimed that in 2022, while already under investigation, she secretly submitted a purported declaration of assets to CCB, which was deemed inadequate and failed to account for her alleged illegal acquisitions, both personal and through proxies.
The petitions against Stella Erhuvwu Okotete have raised serious allegations against her qualifications, integrity, and adherence to the law. As the investigation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these developments will impact her potential ministerial appointment.