The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Wednesday, July 22, revealed that it has uncovered an alleged plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to frustrate ongoing corruption probes initiated by the government.
This was contained in a statement titled: “NDDC: You Are the Headquarters of Corruption PDP Replies APC… Exposes APC’s Plot to Stall Corruption Probes,” signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Ologbondiyan challenged the ruling party to speak out about the brazen pillage of Nigerians’ commonwealth; by a handful of persons holding positions of public trust.
The party challenged the APC to address the corruption at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF); where “their leaders and cronies had been fingered in the alleged looting of N4.448billion through underhand contracts.”
It also described the APC as the headquarters of corruption.
The ruling party had said on Tuesday the PDP was dead scared of the ongoing forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The PDP said: “The stench of corruption oozing out of the Buhari administration has further confirmed that the All Progressives Congress is the headquarters of corruption; as well as the dockyard of thieves; treasury looters; and oppressive cabal who have stolen our nation dry.
“The APC has been seeking to frustrate ongoing probes in government agencies; because its leaders are complicit; and all soiled; from head to toe, in the mire of corruption.
“APC’s attack against PDP’s insistence on the prosecution of APC leaders indicted in the Niger Delta Development Commission probe further; betrays the ruling party’s desperation to shield its corrupt leaders and officeholders who have been implicated in the probe.”
Meanwhile, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, July 21, at plenary urged the Executive arm of Government to work on the estimates for the 2021 budget to ensure timely presentation to the National Assembly by the end of September.
Lawan while urging the Committees to engage the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning on the MTEF/FSP request; stressed the need for the panel to lend its support where necessary to Revenue Generating Agencies towards meeting expected revenue targets.
The Committees were given four weeks to report back to the Senate.
“This Senate is giving the Committee four weeks; within which to work very closely with the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning; and particularly engagement with the revenue-generating agencies where we are expecting them to meet their targets.
“By this we are also equally committed to ensuring that we receive the budget estimates at the end of September; and that we are able to consider the budget; and get it passed before the end of December to repeat what we did for budget 2020,” Lawan said.