A vote would be needed that would lead to the resignation of the president of Orlen. Instead, President Andrzej Duda becomes a person who takes on the sins of Daniel Obajtek, said Borys Budka, the head of the Civic Platform. He commented on the words of the president who, referring to “Obajtek’s tapes”, said that “the most important thing is that the company should be well managed”.
“Gazeta Wyborcza” has published a series of articles about “Obajtka tapes”. The disclosed recordings show – wrote “GW” – that the current president of PKN Orlen, Daniel Obajtek, when he was still the mayor of Pcim, “from the back seat he managed the TT Plast company”, and the regulations prohibit combining the position of a commune head with business activities. In subsequent publications, “Wyborcza” presented, among others the circumstances of the actions of the prosecutor’s office towards him. Obajtek in the statement published on Saturday, he argued that, being the mayor, he had never worked “for this or for any other company” and had not broken the law.
He addressed the case of Obajtek on Sunday during his stay in Zakopane President Andrzej Duda. – It seems to me that he is a good president of Orlen and he is doing very well in this function – he assessed. – The most important thing is that the company is well managed, and in this matter everything is going well, from what you can see – he added. According to Duda, “the opposition will always make various kinds of accusations.” “That’s her role, too,” he admitted.
Budka: the president tried to defend an indefensible thing, that is Mr. Obajtek
President Duda’s statement was commented at the Sunday conference in Gliwice by the leader of the Civic Platform, Borys Budka.
– How grotesque the president of the Republic of Poland looked today when he ineptly tried to defend the undefendable thing, that is Mr. Obajtek. Today, Mr. President joined people who, in a strange way, seem to be absolutely dependent on a man who should never occupy such an important position as the president of the largest oil company – he said.
Budka assessed that on Sunday “an even more bizarre thing happened”. – Mr. President stood next to people who are socially connected with Mr. Obajtek, but also with Mr. Minister (Łukasz) Szumowski (former head of the Ministry of Health – ed.). How can you take part in a tournament that is co-organized by a man who became famous for selling masks and doing business as a ski instructor? How can you participate in a tournament that is organized by the person who heads the renovation foundation Mr. Obajtek’s manor house? – asked the head of the PO.
– How can you finally use absolutely shameful words when you say that the Obajtek case does not exist, that it is the hostile opposition forces that are trying to do something against a man who is supposed to be flawless? he continued.
President Duda on the ski slope
On Sunday morning, President Andrzej Duda took part in charity ski marathon “12H Slalom Marathon Zakopane 2021”. The collected money will go to the Handicap Zakopane foundation, which deals with the sports rehabilitation of disabled people. The originator of the ski marathon is an Olympic athlete and multiple Polish champion in alpine skiing, president of the Małgorzata Tlałka-Długosz foundation.
The Handicap Zakopane Foundation is a non-governmental organization whose goal is to organize and promote physical culture, sport and skiing, especially among people with temporary or permanent disabilities, and to integrate athletes with diverse psycho-physical abilities. “Gazeta Wyborcza” announced on Thursday that the foundation was engaged by Obajtek in work on his manor in Pomerania. We mentioned the manor house in the material “Black on the White” by Fr. career of the president of Orlen.
“President Andrzej Duda becomes a person who also takes upon himself these sins of Mr. Obajtek”
Budka assessed that “today the president is becoming a grotesque figure, like all those pseudo-democratic dictators who treat oligarchs and business people with adoration”.
According to the PO chairman, the head of state should distance himself from Daniel Obajtek. – First of all, we would need a vote that would lead to the resignation of the president of Orlen. Instead, President Andrzej Duda becomes the person who also takes on Mr. Obajtek’s sins. This is a shameful thing and should never have happened – said Budka.
Presidential spokesman: Budka seems to have a problem with charity work
The words of Budka were commented on by the spokesman of the president, Błażej Spychalski.
– President Andrzej Duda has been involved in the “12H Slalom Marathon Zakopane 2021” campaign for many years, he also took patronage over it. Meanwhile, it can be seen that the chairman of Budka probably has a problem with charity work. I recommend to every politician, especially one who is so important in the opposition, to get involved in various types of charity actions, because it is worth helping – he said.
He also referred to the allegations concerning Obajtek. – First of all, it is worth looking at the results of PKN Orlen, which it has achieved during the eight years of the rule of the Civic Platform and which it has been achieving since 2016. This is probably the best answer to all unfair accusations and slander against the president, Daniel Obajtek, he assessed.
Main photo source: Tytus Żmijewski / PAP