- The APC has attacked the PDP presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku, for promising amnesty for looters
- Atiku had earlier said, if elected, he may consider granting amnesty to corrupt persons willing to surrender their loots
- The ruling party, however, said Atiku’s plan means his presidential bid was not to serve the country, but the interest of his friends and foreign concerns and interests
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has attacked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over his plan to grant amnesty to those who looted the nation’s commonwealth but willing to return the loots.
The Nation reports that the ruling APC said Atiku’s plan has vindicated its stance that the PDP candidate is only interested in returning the country to the era where sharing of national wealth was the order of the day.
The ruling party said the PDP candidate did not hide his intention to give a red carpet to those people who “wickedly teamed up” with the PDP to ruin the country.
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It, therefore, urged Nigerians to rise up to resist such move to return Nigerian to Egypt.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the APC national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said Atiku’s promise to grant amnesty to looters meant he was not interested in the fight against corruption, but planning to put the destiny of millions of Nigerians in the hand of the same people that worked so hard to impoverish them.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Atiku on Wednesday, January 30, said he would consider granting amnesty to corrupt persons willing to surrender their loot.
He said this while fielding questions alongside his running mate, Peter Obi, on a live programme hosted by journalist, Kadaria Ahmed.
However, Issa-Onilu said it was clear that Atiku’s presidential bid was not to serve the country, but the interest of his friends and foreign concerns and interests.
His words: “In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s televised town hall meeting, ‘The Candidates’, attended by the PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Mr Peter Obi, a redefinition of their presidential campaign slogan, “Let’s loot Nigeria again” is now trending heavily in the social media.
“Going by Atiku and Obi’s shocking confession that their administration will grant amnesty to looters, we are equally shocked and hereby align with the wide-section of Nigerians who are now abundantly clear of their intentions, if elected and now see the collective need to stop them.
“The insistence of Alhaji Atiku and PDP to take us through this dangerous route, where the nation’s economic policies and programmes are driven mainly by the interests of leaders, their local friends, and foreign partners constitute a present danger every well-meaning Nigerian must rise against. The choices before Nigerians cannot be more clearer.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP accused the APC of hiring a crowd from Niger Republic for its presidential rally which took place in Kano state on Thursday, January 31.
The opposition party made the accusation in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday night.
The PDP said President Muhammadu Buhari must have gotten the shock of his life when he realized that his party had to rent a crowd from the neighboring country to populate the rally after the planners could not mobilize enough supporters from the ancient city to attend the event.
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