BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday said that the opposition rhetoric of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is nothing but senseless noise-making, in its failed attempt to distract the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The APC further said that in both content and context, PDP’s latest allegations on the President Buhari administration’s anti-corruption efforts should be seen for what they are; empty, baseless and diversionary.
A statement by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Yekini Nabena noted that the position of the PDP is completely at variance with accepted norm that the opposition in a democracy is supposed to offer constructive criticisms and proffer alternative solutions to government policies and programmes.
Nabena further said that it is truly amazing that the party of a failed government which held the country prostrate for 16 years; stole, wasted and misappropriated the nation’s abundant resources will have the audacity to make comments on the current administration that within three years is clearing the rot left after the PDP’s misrule.
Nabena asked; “Was it not under the PDP’s immediate-past administration that disclosures of nauseating magnitude were made?
“I collected N350m from Dasuki for consultation – Iyorchia Ayu
“I only collected $30,000 from Dasuki not N100m – Bode George.
“I got N4.6b from Dasuki for spiritual purposes – Bafarawa.
“I got N2.16 from Dasuki for publicity purposes – Dokpesi.
“I got another N100m from Yuguda. He did not tell me from where – Bafarawa
“I gave N100m each to Odili, Jim Nwobodo, Bode George and others – Yuguda.
“The President asked to change N10b to foreign currency for PDP delegates – Dasuki.
“N950m was shared in my house – Shekarau and many more shameful disclosures.”
Nabena said these are just a tip of the iceberg of how the nation’s commonwealth were massively looted by the shameless characters in the PDP, adding that instead of apologizing profusely for their gang rape of the nation, the PDP seeks to present itself before Nigerians in 2019 to seek a return to their stealing.
He said the opposition PDP should understand that Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how the country was destroyed by its gang of pen robbers.
According to Nabena; “The PDP may wish to explain to Nigerians under which administration a State Governor who was set free in many courts in Nigeria on charges of corruption and money laundering but was tried and jailed in the United Kingdom. Is it not ironic that the PDP preaches about corruption in the oil sector when it in fact oversaw record pillage, maladministration and disrepair of the oil sector when it held sway.
“The PDP should remind Nigerians the circumstances under which the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), now Emir of Kano, lost his job in the bank. How many millions of dollars did he say was not remitted to the nation’s coffers on regular basis?
“The PDP may also explain the fuel subsidy scandals and how billions of the country’s funds went into private pockets; the massive seizures of properties and cash from public officers who served in the PDP Government.
“In 2015, Nigerians voted massively for the establishment of a truly progressive government to check the shocking level of impunity, corruption, disregard for the rule of law and other deplorable undemocratic practices which previously defined our national life. The APC assures all Nigerians that the President hold sacred this collective trust.”
The spokesman of the APC said that despite spirited efforts to discredit on-going anti-corruption efforts, the war against graft is being won, adding that an often overlooked major achievement of the anti-corruption war is that President Buhari has brought the issue of corruption to the heart of national consciousness.
He explained that the fact that Nigerians are talking about it means we have not accepted it as a way of life and as long as ordinary people continue to show that disdain for corruption, we would win the war sooner or later.
In his words; “Under President Buhari, the country has never had it so good. Yearly remittances by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) have been in billions of Naira, over and above what PDP governments remitted in 16 years; increasing yearly revenue from the Customs Service; within three years and despite low oil prices, execution of massive road and rail infrastructure our foreign reserves has grown to over $47 billion – about $4billion more than that of South Africa.
“Under the administration of President Buhari, no minister will purchase bullet proof cars with public funds, nor will an oil minister junket the globe with family members in private jets at the public expense.
“No degree of blackmail and wicked scheming will make us return to the years the locusts had eaten. We have crossed the Red Sea and have no intention to return to our ugly past,” Nabena said.
He also said that while the PDP and their agents attempt to discredit the ongoing fight against corruption, the question the PDP should answer is, are anti-corruption efforts being carried out within the ambit of the law?
The APC therefore urged the President, law enforcement agencies, anti-graft bodies and indeed Nigerians not to be sidetracked by the desperate and roguish attempt by the PDP and their agents to discredit the ongoing fight against corruption, adding that it is natural that corruption will fight back!
“The assurances Nigerians can hold firm is that the APC will not fail the country like PDP’s wasted 16years. While the PDP continue to spew lies in its cheap attempt at opposition politics, President Buhari is concentrating on the important work at hand – clearing the mess and rebuilding the country in all facets,” Nabena concluded.