Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of engaging in a failed plot to use their so-called lootersâ€™ lists to divert public discourse from the raging questions on their numerous scandals, manifest sleazes and overall failures in governance.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday said the country has now seen that the federal government has no case against the PDP, as the lists only have individuals who are not indicted or convicted for corruption, some of who are not even members of the PDP.
â€œIt is now a notorious fact that the whole essence of the flimsy and contemptible lists was to cause public misperception, â€˜change the topic,â€™ and divert international and national discourse from various serious issues including
â€œThe parlous state of the nationâ€™s economy caused by President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s misrule, for which Nigerians are now resorting to vices, including slavery and suicide as options.
â€œThe intensive global vote of no confidence on President Buhari-led APC government, particularly on its painful anti-people policies, as presented in damning verdicts by international figures, the latest being the world renowned Bill Gates.
â€œThe vote of no confidence on the Buhari administration by eminent statesmen, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former military President, Ibrahim Babangida and former Minister of Defence and ex-Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), who also indicted this administration of failure to protect the citizens.
â€œThe international interest over speculations of conspiracy theorem on the alleged manipulation of security in the abduction and return of the Dapchi schoolgirls for which Amnesty International (AI) has called for an open inquest.
â€œThe international embarrassment over alleged procurement of the Martin Luther King Jr award for President Buhari, which has now attracted global opprobrium to our dear nation and entire citizenry.
â€œThe Transparency International (TI) latest verdict, indicting the Buhari-led government of superintending over the spiraling of corruption in Nigeria in the last three years.
â€œEfforts by the Buhari Presidency to conceal the N9 trillion corrupt oil contracts at the NNPC, alleged stealing of N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil, looting of N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) intervention fund and the stealing of N10 billion National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), all by APC officials and presidency cabal.
â€œThe public resentment that trailed President Buhariâ€™s last weekâ€™s visit to Lagos as well as his embarrassment at the National Mosque last Friday, where worshippers demonstrated their resentments to his administration and almost resorted to near mob action.
â€œThese are issues that cannot be swept under the carpet using any ploy whatsoever.
â€œWhile we still challenge the APC to name any members of the repositioned and rebranded PDP convicted for corruption, we wish to remind them that our three-day ultimatum to explain the source of looted fund to finance President Buhariâ€™s 2015 campaign still subsist and no amount of blackmail or intimidation can stop Nigerians from holding the dysfunctional APC accountable.â€