- The APC has said that the opposition, PDP, owes Nigerians serious apology for bankrupting the nation
- Yekini Nabena, the ruling party's acting national publicity secretary, who said this on Sunday, August 12, in Abuja assured Nigerians that the APC will not fail the country
- Nabena alleged that despite attempts by the PDP to sabotage the presidency's anti-graft war, victory against corruption in the country is sure
The acting national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has said that instead of apologising for looting the nation's treasury, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is still bent on making moves to take over power come 2019.
Nabena, who made this statement on Sunday, August 12, in Abuja was reacting to the PDP's allegations on the President Buhari administration’s anti-corruption war. He said that the opposition's corruption is obvious to all Nigerians, Daily Trust reports.
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Referring to PDP's indictments as empty, baseless and diversionary, the APC remarked that the opposition should understand that Nigerians could not forget how the country was destroyed by its ‘gang of pen robbers’.
The statement said: “The PDP may wish to explain to Nigerians under which administration a State Governor who was set free in many courts in Nigeria on charges of corruption and money laundering but was tried and jailed in the United Kingdom.
“Is it not ironic that the PDP preaches about corruption in the oil sector when it in fact oversaw record pillage, maladministration and disrepair of the oil sector when it held sway.
"The PDP should remind Nigerians the circumstances under which the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), now Emir of Kano, lost his job in the bank. How many millions of dollars did he say was not remitted to the nation’s coffers on regular basis?
"The PDP may also explain the fuel subsidy scandals and how billions of the country’s funds went into private pockets; the massive seizures of properties and cash from public officers who served in the PDP government.
“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.”
Assuring Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari holds their ‘collective trust’ sacred, said that the war against graft was being won amidst plots and attempts to discredit on-going anti-corruption moves.
The statement read by Nabena read: “An 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 fact that Nigerians are talking about it means we have not accepted it as a way of life and as long as ordinary people continue to show that disdain for corruption, we would win the war sooner or later.
“Under President Buhari, the country has never had it so good. Yearly remittances by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) have been in billions of Naira, over and above what PDP governments remitted in 16 years; increasing yearly revenue from the Customs Service.
"Within three years and despite low oil prices, execution of massive road and rail infrastructure our foreign reserves has grown to over $47 billion- about $4billion more than that of South Africa.
“Under the administration of President Buhari, no minister will purchase bullet proof cars with public funds, nor will an oil minister junket the globe with family members in private jets at the public expense.
“Nigerians were taken for granted too long and have vowed enough is now enough. No degree of blackmail and wicked scheming will make us return to the years the locusts had eaten. We have crossed the Red Sea and have no intention to return to our ugly past.
“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?”
The APC urged the presidency, law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption bodies and the citizenry not to be side-tracked by what it called the desperate and roguish attempt by the PDP and their agents to discredit the ongoing fight against corruption.
The party assured Nigerians that it would not fail the country like what it referred to as ‘PDP’s wasted 16 years’.
Nadena further said: “While the PDP continue to spew lies in its cheap attempt at opposition politics, President Buhari is concentrating on the important work at hand – clearing the mess and rebuilding the country in all facets.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that amidst the confusion at the National Assembly gate Tuesday, August 7, an Edo state lawmaker, Honourable EJ Agbonniyiama had accused the PDP of being responsible for the development.
Agbonniyiama, who was elected on the platform of the PDP defected to the ruling party, APC, in May 2018.
Speaking with newsmen who were denied access into the NASS complex by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), the lawmaker alleged that the barricade by security personnel was caused by the PDP.
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