The Federal Government has charged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to show genuine remorse by returning all the monies it allegedly looted from the public treasury while in power, saying mere apology was not enough.
The call was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday in Abuja following the apology made by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus at the party’s function in Abuja on Monday, where he asked Nigerians to forgive the party.
Mohammed, who also challenged the party to show the genuineness of its apology through a discernible change of attitude, opined that the party while in power, handled its internal affairs wrongly with impunity and imposition of candidates and action he said was responsible for its loss in the 2015 polls.
The minister said, “the PDP presided over an unprecedented looting of the public treasury, perhaps the worst of its kind in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. Therefore, the best evidence of penitence for such a party is not just to own up and apologise, but to also return the looted funds. Anything short of that is mere deceit.
”Even with the paucity of funds, this administration has spent an unprecedented amount of money on infrastructural development and Social Investment Programme, among others. Returning looted funds will provide more money for these programmes and make life more meaningful for Nigerians. There is no better apology than that”.