BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday said anti-graft agencies must check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in the country.
The ruling Party also said that it is equally important that the Nigerian electorate should be given the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and corruption test.
It therefore called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and other anti-graft bodies to intensify efforts at investigating and recovering public funds and assets that have so far been stolen by public officials.
It reiterated that that the fight against corruption is one of the key election promises it made to Nigerians and therefore remain solidly committed and determined to achieve it.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena said the APC call on anti-graft agencies is imperative as the Party prepares for the 2019 general elections.
Sabena said; “We must ensure that we never again entrust the leadership of this great country to gang of thieves whose sole aim is treasury looting as brazenly displayed in past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations.
“An example is a current Senate presiding officer facing EFCC investigations. It is difficult to fathom how a federal lawmaker, who before his current position was an Associate Lecturer and Local Government Chairman, owns 22 high-end properties in Nigeria and other exclusive locations across the world.
“It is our hope that the anti-graft agencies investigating this Senate Presiding officer makes public his and other corruption probe status reports so that Nigerians can know them for who they are.”
The APC also said that in line with its promise to combat corruption, the fight against graft has been hugely successful adding that the gains are clear.
Nabena also said that the bold effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to instil probity in our national life has led to the gradual disappearance of the era of impunity.
“Commendably, President Buhari in line with his tough anti-corruption stance recently signed into law the Nigerian arm of the global financial intelligence unit – Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
“We are confident that the new law will boost ongoing efforts to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and check suspicious transactions, especially as we prepare for the 2019 elections,” APC said.