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PDP rejects Buhari's anti-graft stance

23 July 2015, 12:21 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has disapproved the manner in which President Muhammadu Buhari’s appears to be carrying out his anti-corruption mission.

Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the State PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, said the President’s stance was “selective, insincere and ill-conceived.”

He said despite of cases of alleged looting of public facilities, siphoning of Rivers State funds, fraudulent sales of State-owned establishments and financial frauds allegedly committed by Rotimi Amaechi and his administration in Rivers State, the President had continued to shield the former Governor.

The latest act is his inclusion in the Presidential team to the United States to meet President Barack Obama.

“The PDP believes that if the President was sincere and dispassionate in his efforts to bring to book corrupt leaders in the country, the former Governor (Amaechi) will not be dining and having complimentary handshakes with him at the Presidential villa,” said Needam.

“If President Buhari was also serious and not had marked certain citizens, particularly members of the PDP and those that served former President Goodluck Jonathan, for his selective punitive actions, Rotimi Amaechi will not be flying abroad with him, but would be made to answer corruption charges against him and the administration he superintended for the period under review.”

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Needam said his party felt strongly disappointed and worried that Buhari was “being skewed” in his widely publicized purported anti corruption drive, as he has failed to match his words with action by not demonstrably condemning and dissociating himself from the alleged fraudsters and corrupt leaders, who are chieftains of his All Progressives Congress.

“In view of this, we believe the President and the APC government are only on a witch-hunt mission against members of the PDP, which to us is unacceptable, unjustifiable and capable of causing undue anxiety and dissatisfaction with such programs of government at the centre.”

Needam said nonetheless, PDP reiterated its unflinching disposition to transparency and accountability in governance, as well as total intolerance for corruption.

“We do not believe that certain persons should be treated as sacred cow, while others haunted unjustly.”

Needam appealed to the President to stop shielding APC leaders, including former Amaechi.

“We urge him to allow Amaechi face corruption charges against him, if he is committed and sincere in the corruption probe.”

The Rivers State government has set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the investigation of Amaechi’s administration with respect to the sale of valued assets of Rivers State and other related matters. 

- CAJ News


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