The All Progressives Congress (APC) has hit back at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); describing the party as the founder of corruption in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena in a statement on Sunday.
1st News reports that the APC was reacting to an earlier statement credited to the PDP. Specifically, the opposition party had slammed the ruling APC; even as it claimed that the cause of poverty in Nigeria was as a result of corruption in the Presidency.
Referencing a number of high-profile corruption cases including the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu; alleged graft and embezzlement of funds in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), among others; the PDP had stated that APC leaders, in the last five years, had siphoned and pocketed over N14 trillion from various government agencies meant for the development of the nation and the welfare of Nigerians.
However, the ruling party was not prepared to take the accusations lying low.
In a swift rebuttal, the APC had described the PDP as the founder of corruption in Nigeria; noting that evil practices were made an official way of life during what it described as the PDP’s 16 wasteful years.
It held that the PDP had no moral justification to lament alleged corruption in government.
In addition, the APC stated that the current administration is committed to fighting corruption as promised. Further, it assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari would not condone any form of corrupt practices.
“The former ruling party, PDP does not have what it takes to lament about its alleged corruption practices in the present administration of APC. It is on records that the PDP is the founder of corruption in Nigeria; to the extent that the evil practices were made official way of life during its 16 wasteful years.
“In APC’s government nobody is above the law. The fact that the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu is being investigated; should send a signal to all those who think and have blackmailed the government’s anti-corruption battle. The Presidency has assured that there is no hiding place for any corrupt government official in this administration; being led by an incorruptible personality, in person of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Meanwhile, the APC has also urged Nigerians to ignore the opposition party’s lamentations; adding that it stems from the fact that it was no longer in government.