Chief Olisa Metuh

Chief Olisa Metuh

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign was financed by former and present APC governors and others with stolen state funds

The opposition party said despite the posture of the APC government, there is evidence that grave corrupt practices are ongoing and allowed to fester by associates of government.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday, said while the party was not averse to the fight against corruption, “the onus lies on the APC-led Federal Government to wage a credible holistic anti-corruption war by first purging itself of unclean association and coming out clear on sleazes already going on in government quarters since it took office in May.

“Whereas, the PDP restates its respect for the person and office of the president as well as our support for the war against corruption, it is incumbent on us to alert Nigerians of the prevailing circumstances around this government that are capable of fundamentally undermining good governance if left unchecked.

“Charity, they say begins at home. For the APC-led government, it has now become a question of ‘physician, heal thyself.’ Every discerning mind knows that this administration is not executing a credible holistic war against corruption because it is a product of corruption, surrounded by corrupt persons; a factor apparently responsible for its obvious blind eyes to huge sleazes now being perpetrated in government agencies by persons claiming closeness to the president.

“It is indeed alarming that in so short a time, an administration that rode to power on claims of anti-corruption credentials, has broken the records in constitutional violations and abuse of regulations, especially in its adamant stance to run a government without the statutory components of a full cabinet, thereby creating loopholes for APC interests to invade key government agencies for inflated concessions, allocations, jobs and other financial sleazes.

“How else can one explain the deliberate constitutional violations in the appointment of heads of financial handling federal agencies; such as the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Asset Management Cooperation of Nigeria (AMCON), without due process of ministerial consultations and legislative clearance, as the case may be? Is this a scheme to open up these key finance institutions for malpractices and turn them into cash cows for APC interests?

“This is in addition to ongoing manoeuvrings in the oil sector, where clandestine moves are on to award oil refining licences to cronies without the due process of open bidding, as well as statutory guidelines and checks by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

“Similarly, we invite Nigerians to note that the APC-led administration has not been forthcoming on how it has been depleting the funds it inherited in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and other government savings. Are they the source of the funds now being circulated to pay back huge contributions for APC presidential campaign expenses?”

The party also alleged that the present government has turned a blind eye to what it called, “corrupt acts of most APC leaders, who as governors, ministers and labour leaders have been the worst corrupt set of people ever to bestride the political landscape of the country.

“How can the Federal Government explain its continued silence to the current indignation in one of the prominent South West APC state over corruption issues, including but not limited to alleged mismanagement of N32 billion SURE-P fund; N78 million state money allegedly spent on the personal website of a former APC governor, who is also accused of inflating a N2.1 billion contract for the construction of pedestrian bridges, N25 billion for 1.36 kilometre link bridge, $200 million World Bank education fund, while leaving behind N500 billion debt arising from alleged reckless spending?”

Metuh wondered why the Federal Government had maintained a sealed lip on charges of looting, diversion of state funds.

He challenged the administration to show integrity and commitment in the fight against corruption by first cleaning its house and coming out clear on the “numerous sleazes going on presently under its watch.”

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