- The APC calls on Nigerians to continue to challenge corruption and its related vices, and not to allow politicians who institutionalised it to take over governance again
- The ruling party says the people who criminally diverted public monies to fund their political activities in past administrations must be prevented from doing same in coming elections
- President Buhari’s 2019 campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, says there is hardly any government in the world that is free from scandals concerning its officials
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alerted Nigerians to what it described as a plot by some politicians to buy votes and engage in other illegal means to subvert the people’s will during coming elections.
Yekini Nabena, the APC acting national publicity secretary, gave the charge in a statement on Sunday, September 16, in Abuja, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The party’s spokesperson charged Nigerians to continue to challenge corruption and its related vices, and not to allow politicians who institutionalised it to take over governance again.
“We must continue to challenge corruption and its related vices, this is in line with the change agenda the APC promised Nigerians, this is a promise we are committed to keep,” Nabena said.
“While we alert Nigerians to the plot of some politicians to buy votes and deploy other illegal means to subvert the people’s will during coming elections, we urge relevant agencies to be proactively involved in tracking of election financing.
The same people who criminally diverted public monies to fund their political activities as brazenly displayed during past administrations, must be prevented from doing same in coming elections,” he said.
Nabena noted that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, the scale of recoveries from corrupt elements in the past three years by the country’s anti-graft agencies was testament that the administration’s extensive anti corruption drive was yielding results.
He added that compared to the past, the successful prosecution of many corrupt persons, the hugely successful whistle blowing policy and voluntary return of corruptly acquired funds and assets had shown that it was no longer business as usual.
The APC spokesperson further said that it also showed that corruption was increasingly becoming unacceptable in the country.
“Corruption can no longer define how we do things as a country, there is a new realisation among well meaning Nigerians that if we do not kill corruption it will kill us.
“We share the submission of a former United States Vice President, Joe Biden; corruption is a cancer; a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity.
“It wastes the talent of entire generations, it scares away investments and jobs,” the APC spokesperson said.
He noted that the media space had recently been awash with a campaign of calumny against Federal Government’s anti-corruption efforts by the same opposition partisans and their proxies that ruined the country with their institutionalised corruption.
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He added that this, was however, expected as corruption would naturally fight back.
Nabena said that sadly, ahead of 2019 elections, those that insitutionalised corrupt in the country had resurfaced to canvass votes of Nigerians for various elective positions, ostensibly to resume “their stealing”.
He stressed that Nigerians were neither gullible nor stupid, adding that they had not forgotten the yoke they bore under the corrupt Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) regimes and deserve no more of it.
He recalled that under the PDP administration, public funds that could had improved the education, healthcare sectors and provided infrastructure to develop the economic and social life of Nigerians were sadly in the pockets of “thieves”.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaign, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has defended the resignation of the former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun.
In a series of tweets posted on his Twitter page in the early hours of Sunday, September 16, Keyamo condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s criticisms over the resignation, noting that the current administration is more honest than the past government.
He said that there is hardly any government in the world that is free from official scandal.
Using Adeosun’s case to juxtapose the former comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko's alleged certificate forgery case, Keyamo averred that the past government under PDP protected Dikko despite the oath taken by the person who actually forged his WAEC certificate.
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