- Former minister of aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, says credit should be given to the PDP for its genuine fight against corruption
- Chidoka, who is the spokesman for Atiku/Obi National Presidential Committee for Southeast, says PDP fought against corruption in the Nigerian public sector
- The former minister says PDP-led government was responsible for setting up the major anti-corruption institutions
Chief Osita Chidoka, a former minister of aviation, has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be given credit for its genuine fight against corruption in the Nigerian public sector.
According to him, the PDP-led government was responsible for setting up the major anti-corruption institutions.
Legit.ng gathers that Chidoka said instead of fighting corruption, what the All Progressives Congress (APC) does is punish perceived enemies of government for alleged corruption.
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He said: “I don’t think this government has fought corruption, what they have done is that they punish the perceived enemies of government for alleged corruption.
“The fight against corruption should not be on credibility or the will of an individual, it should be based on institutions that employ the modern technological innovations that will make money not available to be stolen in the first instance.
“The PDP government led the most comprehensive war against corruption because it was under the party that we came up with the idea of setting up agencies that were dedicated to fighting corruption.
“These are the EFCC, ICPC and BPP which addressed corruption in the procurement system by ensuring that contractors go through a price control system and ensure that due process is followed.
“We did not stop at that, the PDP also transferred all public funds for capital votes back to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) so that people will no longer keep these funds in the bank to yield interest while not funding ongoing projects.”
“We also discovered that salary of workers was causing huge leakage because the MDAs which are in charge of payroll, used the money sent to them to pay real and ghost workers and other allowances.
“That was why the PDP government introduced the IPPIS, workers salaries were centralised and deposited at the Central Bank and paid directly to them without passing through any MDA.
“So, we had mechanisms that addressed the payroll system, over head, capital votes and revenue collection.
“On the revenue side, we needed to ensure that all revenues of government are accounted for, that was why the government introduced the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
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“That was where we were before the All Progressives Congress (APC) government came to power, so they have not done anything new, they have neither built new anti-corruption institutions nor strengthened existing ones."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Otunba Gbenga Daniel declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had already won the forthcoming February 16 election.
Daniel, who is a former governor of Ogun state and the deputy chairman, PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South), said this in Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.
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