In a statement release, the PDP, said despite the self proclaimed “holier than thou” attitude of the present administration, the opposition party has what it described as “incontrovertible evidence that grave corrupt practices are ongoing and allowed to fester by associates and
cronies of government.”
The National Publicity of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, in a statement released on Thursday in Abuja, said that however, the PDP, is not against the fight against corruption in the country.
He nevertheless said “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.”
Metuh, said, it is indeed alarming, that an administration that rode to power with claims of anti – corruption credentials, had broken the record in constitutional violations and abuse of regulations.
“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 and the Asset Management
Cooperation of Nigeria 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 maneuverings in the oil sector, where clandestine moves are on to award oil refining licenses to cronies without the due process of open bidding, as well as statutory guidelines and checks by the Department of Petroleum Resources.” Metuh said.
He however, advised 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 and other government savings.
Metuh, urged the Buhari led administration, to show integrity and commitment in it’s fight against corruption, by first cleaning its house and coming out clear on the numerous sleazes going on presently under its watch.