#79: Is The CJN Trial A True Fight Against Corruption Or A Mere Political High-handedness?
Onnoghen: APC accuses PDP of supporting corruption
The ruling All Progressives Congress has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of supporting and defending corruption against national interest.
The APC made the accusation based on the statement by the PDP following reports of the move to prosecute the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, over an alleged infraction on the Code of Conduct laws.
The ruling party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the swift statement by the PDP condemning the purported move had again exposed the party as one with a natural inclination to rise up in defence of cases of alleged corruption.
“Resort to baseless postulations anytime issues of corruption is levelled against public officers only confirm what Nigerians already know.
“PDP and corruption are Siamese twins that are difficult to separate from each other. One would have thought that the PDP will call for impartial investigations when corruption cases are levelled against public officers, but spinning falsehoods and conspiracies remains the opposition party’s favourite past time,” the statement said.
Issa-Onilu said the fight against corruption remained a cardinal promise made by the APC to the electorate.
“We assure the PDP and indeed all Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration remains uncompromising in its determination to rid the country of this malady.
“As noted on many occasions by President Buhari, it is only those who have committed crimes that need to worry. The APC administration will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute any public officer if and when such is indicted for corruption.
“Achieving acceptable elections in all democratic climes is a collective effort which requires the contributions and support of all well-meaning Nigerians, political parties, institutions and sundry interests,” he said.
Issa-Onilu boasted that APC had promoted a level playing field in previous elections conducted under its watch unlike when PDP was in power.
He added, “Commendably, in successive elections conducted under the APC administration, the party has played by the rules, which has led to credible elections. This cannot be said of the PDP era when state institutions were deployed to manipulate the electoral process.
“The PDP’s baseless conspiracy theory on APC’s participation in the 2019 general elections should hereby be disregarded. We remain solidly committed to ensure that the forthcoming election go on record as one of the freest, most credible and peaceful elections in the country.”
Source: The Punch Newspaper
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