Following the hue and cry of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been selective in its war against corruption, the Presidency has denied the allegation.
According to Mr. Femi Adesina, though he would not have ordinarily responded to the PDP because they were comments from a political party which should be dealt with by the APC leadership, the allegations (made by PDP Spokesman Chief Olisa Metuh at Press Conference) were baseless
According to him “ Mr Olisa Metuh is sounding like a broken record. It’s the same thing that he says all the time. But let me assure Nigerians that the President has always maintained that even when it affects APC members, the person concerned must go and defend himself.”
Chief Metuh had stated that while former PDP governors and ministers were being arrested over orchestrated petitions, their APC counterparts, with more damaging petitions, are nominated for ministerial positions.
He said: “Whereas the former APC governors of Lagos and Rivers were rewarded with ministerial nominations, their Akwa Ibom PDP counterpart and the current Senate Minority Leader is being hounded by the EFCC.
“This is in spite of the common knowledge that Akwa-Ibom under the Sen. Akpabio is arguably the least indebted state in Nigeria.
“The governor appropriately applied available resources to effectively transform the state.
“We challenge the APC to show Nigerians any of their governors that matched the feats achieved in Akwa-Ibom under Sen. Akpabio, whose only building in Uyo is an uncompleted building with verifiable bank loans.”
Metuh added that no APC member, in spite of the public petitions of corruption and squandering of state funds, had been invited or questioned by the EFCC since the commencement of APC-led administration.
“We challenge the EFCC, as an anti-corruption agency to show Nigerians any member of the APC it has so far questioned, not to talk of being arrested,” he added.
Metuh also accused the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, of being insensitive to the mood of the nation.
He added: “This is copiously demonstrated in Saturday’s ostentatious thanksgiving party (with hundreds of millions of naira spent), Lawal at a time the people of the North East geo-political zone, where he hails from are being ravaged by insurgency.