By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Â FridayÂ alleged the All Progressives Congress Â (APC) was organising its national convention with funds stolen from Â public coffers.
The PDP also said the APC had become a laughing stock and a huge jokeÂ among Nigerians following the inability of its leaders to resist theÂ imposition of an individual burdened by corruption allegations asÂ its new leader.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said it was sickening to note that the entire APC convention is a celebration
of corruption organised to crown dishonest and fraudulent individuals,Â who ordinarily should be guests at the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) offices across the nation.
“With this, the APC has finally capped itself a party of corruption,Â deceit and lies, where alleged treasury looters are robed as kings andÂ where all decency have been thrown overboard for official hooliganism.
“Moreover, Nigerians find it very nauseating that a party, whose FederalÂ Government claims to be fighting corruption, has itself, remained theÂ biggest beneficiary of corruption and stolen public funds,” it said.
PDP said investigation had since revealed that governors of APC-controlledÂ states were coerced to divert huge sums from federal bailout funds meantÂ for the wellbeing of the people as well as monies budgeted forÂ development projects in various communities, to fund a failed conventionÂ that promises to sing the Nunc Dimitis of APC.
“We also challenge the APC to deny reports that funds were syphoned from
some federal agencies to finance a wasteful convention.
“Nigerians can now surmise why the Presidency refused to bat an eye over
reported syphoning of billions of naira from the National HealthÂ Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the Nigeria National Petroleum CorporationÂ (NNPC) allegedly to fund the activities of the APC,” it said.
PDP had made siimilar allegation weeks ago when it alleged that APC governors wereÂ coerced to divert public funds for the party’s convention. APC spokesman Bolaji Abdullahi, had quickly dismissed that allegation and noted that APC was not like PDP which funded its 2015 campaign activities with funds taken from public coffers.