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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    PDP supports Buhari’s war against corruption

    Peoples Democratic Party has said it is on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari on the fight against corruption, but stated that due process must be followed to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimise innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.

    The PDP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Tuesday, said the clarification had become necessary to remove any misconception that it was against the decision of the present administration to probe some past officials of government because they were PDP members.

    Metuh was responding to an earlier statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in which the ruling party said it was in support of the President probing the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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    In his response, the spokesperson for the opposition party said, “The PDP supports the decision of the Federal Government to fight corruption in our country.

    “However, we make bold to state that it should not be used as a guise to victimise innocent citizens. Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria and no citizen, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic affiliation, should be denied access to due process and the rule of law in the process.”

    He said the anti-corruption era which, he said, was being targeted at the past administration must not be blinded to some members and friends of this present administration.

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    Metuh alleged that only the President could be insulated from corruption for now.

    He said, “Furthermore we make bold to state that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands. In that regard, therefore, we advice members of the APC blowing the horn ahead of the cart to keep quiet because many of them have been major beneficiaries of corruption and sleazes associated with themselves and their allies, especially one of them who, as a disguised errand boy of a well known APC leader, is a major beneficiary of the largesse of perpetrators of corruption.

    “Apart from Mr. President who, for now, is not associated with any sleaze or corrupt activity in this democracy, most APC leaders are still those who as governors, ministers and labour leaders have been the worst corrupt set of Nigerians ever to bestride the political landscape of the country.

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    “It is a great miscarriage of perception, therefore, for APC leaders who are perpetrators of sleazes and corrupt acts to attempt to deceive Nigerians with imaginary holiness in this anti-corruption war by the President.”

    Consequently, he called on the President, as the leader of the APC, to remove the log in the eyes of his party while “we support his commitment to remove the speck from the eyes of others.”

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