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PDP To Buhari: You Are Still A Dictator

Posted: Oct 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday lampooned the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for carrying out what the opposition party consider a one sided war on corruption.

The party at a press conference addressed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, aside  branding the anti-corruption stance of President Buhari a sham, the party also branded the President a dictator who is gradually re-enacting his dictatorial disposition which held sway in his time as a military Head of State in the early 80s.

The party dismissed the integrity of the anti-corruption campaign being carried out by the Buhari-led APC administration, saying it has no credibility whatsoever, since it is only targeted at members of the opposition, particularly the PDP which the government knows is re-strategising to run it (APC) out of power in 2019.

“It was high time the party exposed the hypocrisy, double standard and dictatorial proclivities of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Government in its orchestrated anti-corruption fight in Nigeria”.

“Whereas the PDP has over time restated its support for a credible, holistic fight against corruption, unfolding events have confirmed our position that this administration is only using the anti-corruption posture as a tool to witch-hunt PDP members and perceived political opponents of APC government”.

“We are aware that having realized that Nigerians have seen through their propaganda, deceit and lies, as well as their ineptitude in handling governance, the APC government is now mortally afraid of the on-going rebuilding in the PDP to take over power in 2019, and is as such, applying every negative means to decimate our great party, including the relentless victimization of our key members.

“It is clearly manifest that the same dictatorial tendencies manifested during the military regime of 1984 is being presently applied in the polity in the attempt to discredit PDP members and weaken our great party ahead of 2019”, Metuh said.

He added that while the PDP have verifiable reports from its key members that agents of the APC have been approaching them to join the APC with threats to use the EFCC to victimize them should they refuse, the APC and its government, he added,  have been busy making good its threat of victimising PDP members while key members in its fold accused of corruption are being rewarded with ministerial nominations.

“This clearly explains why the so-called fight against corruption has been selective and focused against PDP members, despite counsels by stakeholders that it should be holistic and in accordance with the due process of the law.

“The best example of the curious nature of the war against corruption is the fact that former PDP governors and ministers are being hounded and arrested over apparently orchestrated petitions, while their APC counterparts, who have more damaging petitions are being nominated for ministerial positions.

“Even other APC former governors who have on-going corruption cases in court are being rewarded with APC tickets for the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa” Metuh said.

Specifically, the party condemned the ongoing interrogation of the Former governor of Akwa Ibom state and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which commenced on Friday.

“On the issue of Senator Godswill Akpabio, we invite Nigerians to note that in the three rich States of Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Lagos States, there were petitions against their former governors. Whereas the former APC governors of Lagos and Rivers were rewarded with ministerial nominations, their Akwa Ibom PDP counterpart and the current Senate Minority Leader is being hounded by the EFCC.

“This is in spite of the common knowledge that Akwa-Ibom under
Senator Akpabio is arguably the least indebted state in Nigeria, and where the governor appropriately applied available resources to effectively transform the state.

“We challenge the APC to show Nigerians any of their governor that matched the feats achieved in Akwa-Ibom under Senator Akpabio, whose only building in Uyo is uncompleted and being built with verifiable bank loans”, he added.

The PDP therefore alleged that “the orchestrated investigation of Senator Akpabio is politically motivated and targeted at weakening the PDP for 2019 elections, by virtue of his being the face of opposition in the National Assembly”.