By Ezeocha Nzeh
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has chronicled what it described as the corrupt practices of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while it was in power, and regretted that the PDP suffocated Nigerians with their sharp and corrupt deals for over 16 years.
The APC, in a statement by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Sunday noted that although the opposition in a democracy is supposed to offer constructive criticisms and proffer alternative solutions to government policies and programmes, the opposition rhetoric of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is nothing but senseless noise-making, in its failed attempt to distract the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“It is truly amazing that that the party of a failed government which held the country prostrate for 16 years; stole, wasted and misappropriated our abundant resources will have the audacity to make comments on the current administration that within three years is clearing the rot left after the PDP’s misrule.
It regretted that it was under the PDP’s immediate-past administration that disclosures of nauseating magnitude of confessions from PDP leaders were made on how much they collected from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for doing practically nothing but suffocating Nigerians who the party noted should have been the benefactors of PDP loots as dividends of democracy
APC in the statement listed some PDP chieftains like Professor Iyorchia Ayu, Bode George, Attahiru Bafarawa, Raymond Dokpesi, Peter Odili, Ibrahim Shekarau, made some disclosures on the amount of money they illegally received from the former NSA, under the PDP administration..
“These are just a tip of the iceberg of how our commonwealth was massively looted by the shameless characters in the PDP. Instead of apologizing profusely for their gang rape of the nation, the PDP seeks to present itself before Nigerians in 2019 to seek a return to their stealing. The PDP should understand that Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how the country was destroyed by the PDP’s gang of pen robbers.
The APC stated that it has won the ongoing war against graft in Nigeria, despite spirited efforts by the PDP, adding that an often overlooked major achievement of the anti-corruption war is that President Buhari has brought the issue of corruption to the heart of national consciousness
“Under President Buhari, the country has never had it so good. Yearly remittances by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) have been in billions of Naira, over and above what PDP governments remitted in 16 years; increasing yearly revenue from the Customs Service; within three years and despite low oil prices, execution of massive road and rail infrastructure our foreign reserves has grown to over $47 billion- about $4billion more than that of South Africa.
“Nigerians were taken for granted too long and have vowed enough is now enough. No degree of blackmail and wicked scheming will make us return to the years the locusts had eaten. We have crossed the Red Sea and have no intention to return to our ugly past.” The APC stated.