PDP To Presidency: We Want List Of Convicted Members, Not Suspects
The show is on between the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over which party is corrupt and which is not.
It has become a Hit-Me-I-Hit-You affair between Nigeria's most prominent political parties and this time, it is about the list of persons the presidency claims are corrupt members of the PDP.
After the Nigerian government released a list of some members of the PDP which it accused of looting the nation's treasury, the PDP described the list as “hollow and laughable".
The party dismissed the list in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday in Abuja.
PDP described the list as an extension of the Federal Government’s media trial and challenged it to come up with names of its members against whom the government had secured convictions.
Ologbondiyan stated that the list put forward by the Federal Government as purported looters amounted to a cheap blackmail.
"None of those listed have been indicted or convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction or any panel of enquiry in the country.
"The list made available by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, only revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency have no prove of corruption against the PDP," the opposition party stated.
It said that in its "frenzy and desperation", the Federal Government even included names of individuals who were not standing trial or under investigation for any act of corruption, as well as people not even PDP members.
“The APC Federal Government has manifested its frenzy by going after matters that are in court and in which none of the persons have been convicted.”
'Not A Party Of Corruption'
The party said that the APC thus betraying its desperation to mislead the public, the court and divert attention from the heavy looting involving its members.
“We are not in doubt that the individuals he has mentioned will take their legitimate stride and pursue appropriate action in the court.
“However, attacks on individuals, who are members of our party, does not in anyway detract from the fact that the PDP, as a political platform, is not a party of corruption," Ologbondiyan state.
The party further identified a few members of the APC whom it also claimed were corrupt, insisting that horrendous sleazes were happening on a daily basis un the party's leadership.
According to him, the APC led government has failed to fulfill the littlest of its campaign promises and had also spent wholesome three years searching for flimsy allegations to discredit PDP and its members.
“This is a government that is yet to account for $26 billion (N9 trillion) stolen through corrupt oil contracts in the NNPC, N1.1 trillion worth of crude diverted to service APC interests, N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) intervention fund stolen by APC officials.
“This include the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, the N10 billion National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for which members of the Buhari cabal were indicted.
“This includes the Mainagate, where the APC government recalled and reinstated an individual indicted for scam running into billions of naira.
“This is in addition to cover provided for serving ministers indicted for corrupt enrichment, among whom is a prominent former APC governor from the South-South, who was indicted by his state for stealing billions of naira to fund President Buhari’s campaign in 2015.”
He emphasised that the PDP was on a rebound, saying that such flimsy allegations by the APC and its horde of looters, could not stop it from challenging the Federal Government to fulfill its campaign promises.
If you ever wonder why the war of words has started between the Presidency and the opposition part, here is what the PDP has to say about it.
“Since, the APC has decided to draw this attack, we will no longer hold back but appropriately commence a serialisation of all looters hiding in APC and the Presidency."