The All Progressives Congress(APC), yesterday asked the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to explain to Nigerians how it fought corruption for the 16 years it held power when the national treasury was looted.
The APC also stated that after presiding over monumental pilfering of national resources, the PDP should be apologising to Nigerians rather than presenting itself for elective offices and accusing government of not diligently fighting corruption.
He said the allegation of non diligent prosecution of the anti-corruption crusade by the current administration was part of the diversionary tactics of the opposition to delay the APC government from actualising its mandate.
In a statement entitled: “PDP Your Corruption Stench Suffocates Nigerians”, Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena said unlike the PDP that looted the nation dry for 16 years, the APC will not fail in delivering on its promises to the Nigerian people.
Nabena said despite spirited efforts by the PDP to discredit the anti-corruption efforts, the war is being won, adding that one 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.
The statement reads: “Although the opposition in a democracy is supposed to offer constructive criticisms and proffer alternative solutions to government policies and programmes, 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.
“In both content and context, PDP’s latest allegations on President Buhari’s anti-corruption efforts should be seen for what they are: empty, baseless and diversionary.
“It is truly amazing that the party of a failed government which held the country prostrate for 16 years; stole, wasted and misappropriated our 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”,he said .
He said further: “ 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. The PDP should understand that Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how the country was destroyed by the PDP’s gang of pen robbers”.
“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 holds sacred this collective trust”,Nabena said.
“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?
“We urge 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. It is natural, corruption will fight back”,the statement said.
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