You Are Slow, 'Cough Out What You Stole', Presidency Tells PDP
It is either Nigerians love the deja vu experience so much or they are about to be tricked ahead of the coming 2019 general election.
Again, the two top political parties have brought their linen to the public to wash and Nigerians are watching again.
War of words have started again as politicking begins to sneak into our affairs daily like we saw between the two parties in 2014 and early 2015.
The difference now is that the two parties have swapped positions.
Days after the party which took the opposition seat after the 2015 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apologised to Nigerians, the ruling All Progressives Congress is asking Nigerians not to accept the apology.
Less Than Honest
President Muhammadu Buhari had in his Easter message asked Nigerians to embrace the spirit of forgiveness, but his party is on the other lane, putting corruption issues forward.
On Friday, the Presidency moved the war of words further by advising Nigerians to be cautious of the "less-than-honest apology offered by the National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus.
In a statement the spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said the point made by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, that there are heavy moral duties that go with apologies if the culprits want to be taken seriously, was apt and on cue.
"The PDP is desperate to recapture power because it no longer has unhindered access to national resources for private uses and its apology should be seen in this context.
"The PDP has not even acknowledged the fact that it plundered the national economy, and for a party that dismissed the anti-corruption war as a political witch hunt, it is impossible to believe that its public apology comes from the bottom of the heart.
"Even desperate thieves apologise because they are caught and not because they are incapable of repeating the crime if they had another opportunity.
"We believe that the PDP should not only apologize for the imposition of candidates, and the culture of impunity, but must also come clean and acknowledge that they participated in large scale corruption and massive diversions of public funds to private pockets while poverty was ravaging the ordinary Nigerians," he said.
The presidency, which appears to have taken up the duty of the ruling party's media team, also made a demand from the opposition party.
"We challenge individual PDP leaders to publicly and voluntarily tell Nigerians how much they stole and then agree to cough up their illegal acquisitions of wealth if they want their apology to be taken seriously.
"Apology borne by desperation to recapture power without a desire to admit how much they stole and the reluctance to return the loot is morally hollow.
"This goes beyond rebranding.
"Nigerians are not interested in brands. They want their money back.
"For such apology to gain acceptance, the offenders must first of all show remorse; then return that which was unlawfully taken or restore the damage caused the nation; and commit to never doing the wrong they did again. The PDP has done none of these for them to be taken seriously by anyone.
"Instead of addressing this cogent issue raised by the Minister, the PDP veered off to accuse this administration of borrowing money but failed, in that regard to admit that they borrowed to steal while Buhari administration is borrowing to set up long-delayed infrastructure".