July 22, 2020
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that the stench of corruption
oozing out of the Buhari administration has further confirmed that the
All Progressives Congress (APC) is the headquarters of corruption as
well as the dockyard of thieves, treasury looters, and oppressive cabal
who have stolen our nation dry.
The PDP revealed that the APC has been seeking to frustrate on-going
probes in government agencies because its leaders are complicit and all
soiled, from head to toe, in the mire of corruption.
The party noted that APC’s attack against PDP’s insistence on the
prosecution of APC leaders indicted in the Niger Delta Development
Commission (NDDC) probe further betrays the ruling party’s desperation
to shield its corrupt leaders and office holders who have been
implicated in the probe.
Also the attempt by the APC to accuse the PDP over the collapse of the
acting NDDC Managing Director, Daniel Pondei, at the National Assembly,
apparently under the weight and shame of the massive corruption in APC
administration further exposes APC’s misery.
Under this administration, no government agency is safe from the
pillaging fingers of the APC. The APC and its administration is a huge
labyrinth of corruption where APC leaders, cabinet ministers, heads of
agencies and departments, presidential aides, anti-corruption agencies
and even APC federal lawmakers are all entangled in sharp practices.
The disgraceful and scandalous appeal of “ Hon Minister, off your
microphone” situation at the National Assembly sums it all.
Our party challenges the APC to find its voice and speak out on the
litany of evidence in the public space, showing how its leaders have
been stealing billions of naira NDDC fund while people of the region,
wallow in abject poverty and despondency.
It is imperative to state that the APC must address the new peel of its
labyrinth of corruption at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund
(NSITF) where their leaders and cronies have been fingered in alleged
involvement of looting of about N4.448 billion through underhand
Nigerians are already in the know of how APC leaders reportedly siphoned
N40 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), part of
which was allegedly used to finance APC’s 2019 campaigns in a racket in
which certain top APC leaders were alleged to have received N3 billion
This is in addition to exposed looting of N33 billion NEMA fund as well
as findings by the House of Representatives that the funds were never
used for provision of emergency food for victims of insurgency in the
Northeast among other items as claimed.
The APC has also remained silent over the allegations that part of the
looted funds discovered in the EFCC probe, was given to a very top
official of the APC administration.
Nigerians have also not forgotten the alleged malfeasance in the APC-led
ministry of finance and that of humanitarian affairs where billions of
naira meant for palliatives and other essentials to mitigate the
hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic was allegedly stolen.
The public is also aware of the leaked NNPC memo detailing how APC
leaders stole a whooping N9.6 trillion ($25billion dollars) through
underhand contracts; the siphoning of N18 billion out of the N48 billion
meant for the rebuilding of six northeast states ravaged by insurgency
as well as the looting of N25 billion from the National Health Insurance
Scheme (NHIS), among others.
We know that the APC leaders are now having sleepless nights. However,
pointing accusing fingers at others, destroying evidence, resorting to
antics at the National Assembly as well as threats, intimidation and
attempt to silence vital witnesses will not help the APC as the
headquarters of corruption.
National Publicity Secretary