The comment, “once you join the APC your sins are forgiven”, credited to the National Chairman of the All Progress Congress, Adams Oshiomhole during a rally, has been responded to by the People Democratic Party.
In the reaction of the PDP, made available in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party, discredited the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement, while describing Buhari as the patron of corruption, also stated that the comment had directly confirmed that the APC is a sanctuary for treasury looters.
He explained: “With this revelation by Oshiomhole, who is also overburdened by huge corruption allegations for which he had to flee the country last year, it is now established that the APC is a party of thieves and thrives only on deception, lies and propaganda while swimming in an ocean of corruption.
“The fact that President Buhari, who parades as Mr. Integrity, has not reprimanded Oshiomhole but openly relished the assertion, confirms his moral entanglement, accommodation and valid endorsement of corrupt practices by APC members and Presidency cabal.
“Nigerians are all witnesses to how President Buhari became an advocate for Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje over the leaked tape, showing him allegedly collecting bribe from contractors.
“They have also seen how Mr. President, even as supposed Mr. Integrity, surrounds himself with corrupt persons and how most members of his Campaign Organization, as individuals, have been indicted for corruption.
“This is even more worrisome given allegations that the Buhari Presidency and the APC are directly benefiting from the funds being looted under their watch, including the N9 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo; the N33 billion North East intervention fund, the repatriated $322 million stolen under the guise of sharing to the poor, the over N25 billion stolen from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the over N1.4 trillion stolen through sleazy subsidy regimes among others”.
The PPCO said that with that revelation by Oshiomhole, President Buhari no longer has the moral rectitude to seek re-election after he has betrayed Nigerians by failing to uphold the sanctity of the war against corruption as one of the major planks of his re-election campaign.
“Moreover, Oshiomhole and his co-travellers in his corruption roller coaster are reminded that they will soon lose their cover and definitely face trial for their atrocities as Nigerians have resolved to vote out their grand patron, President Buhari from office on February 16, 2019.
“Finally, the PPCO urges the EFCC to commence the investigation and prosecution of members of the APC campaign council as well as new entrants into their party as their factional National Chairman had already confessed that the party is a club of looters,” Ologbondiyan added.
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