$2billion Arms Deal: Ignore PDP’s Diversionary Tactics – APC Tells Nigerians
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged Nigerians not to be distracted by the PDP’s ploy to discredit the anti-corruption corruption war embarked upon by the Buhari led administration.
A statement issued by the National Secretary of the party Mai Mala Buni, said the PDP has shown that it is uncomfortable with the war against corruption by the President.
While giving a tacit support for anti-corruption crusade to avoid incurring the wrath of Nigerians, the statement said the PDP engaged in some ambiguous semantics to call for “an honest, holistic, and total war against corruption.
“The body language of the PDP was clear on Sunday that it was uncomfortable with the ongoing probe of some of its stalwarts who are being investigated for looting the treasury with impunity. The opposition party must realize that the day of reckoning has come, there is no more hiding place for corrupt elements which it harbours in large number.
“The APC wishes to place on records in clear terms that the President is focused, unwavering, non- selective and ready to fast-track the trial of corrupt public officers. Only the guilty ones are jittery and unconvinced that the war is winnable. Under six months in office, President Buhari’s administration has put some public officers on trial across party lines.
Mala Buni said the PDP rather than finding faults with the APC’s anti-corruption agenda, which has received international rating, the party should remove the moth in its eyes by prevailing on some of its high-ranking members, who are under investigation, to cooperate with relevant agencies.
“Nigerians should not be swayed by the latter day anti-corruption recipes of the PDP. These are mere diversionary tactics to earn undeserved sympathy after its government had grounded Nigerian economy to a complete halt.
“This is not the time for any National Truth Commission; it is time for probe, justice, and recovery of slush and looted funds. We do not want any party to hide under any kangaroo commission to cover up its dirty leanings. Today, many Nigerians cannot afford three square meals because of the mismanagement of the economy by the previous administration”.
The party maintained that the PDP is overwhelmed by the shocking details of corruption which characterized the last administration, the opposition party demanded a probe of how the All Progressives Congress (APC) funded its Presidential Campaigns for the 2015 General Elections.
“The PDP knew that APC fought and won its electoral battle basically on the goodwill of the masses. We did not fund our campaign with slush or corrupt funds, we challenge the opposition to provide evidence to the contrary.
“The 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act have provided guidelines on campaign funds, we are ready to account for every kobo spent any time we are requested to do so. We are a party noted for managing scarce resources, we are not a wasteful party like PDP.
“APC governors were not compelled to finance our presidential campaign under any guise. And no one has been made a minister in this government to cover up slush funds used for President Buhari’s campaign. The PDP must be daydreaming. If it had such allegations, why did it keep quiet during the screening and confirmation of all ministers by the Senate in its hallowed chamber? The opposition should stop crying over split milk. The era of politics of desperation is gone for good.
“No feeble attempt to discredit Buhari’s administration will work again. The PDP has tried all antics and failed. We urge the opposition party to join the change train in the overall interest of Nigeria”, he said.