The Federal Government has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go the whole hog with its apology to Nigerians by returning all the funds looted from the public treasury under its watch during its 16 years in power. But responding, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that looted funds were also used for the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
In a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi SA to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued in Abuja on Tuesday, also challenged the party to show the genuineness of its apology through a discernible change of attitude.
”The PDP presided over an unprecedented looting of the public treasury, perhaps the worst of its kind in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. Therefore, the best evidence of penitence for such a party is not just to own up and apologize, but to also return the looted funds. Anything short of that is mere deceit.
”Even with the paucity of funds, this Administration has spent an unprecedented amount of money on infrastructural development and Social Investment Programme, among others. Returning looted funds will provide more money for these programmes and make life more meaningful for Nigerians. There is no better apology than that,” it said.
Alhaji Mohammed also reminded the PDP of the quote: ”If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” saying it applies to the PDP at this time. ”PDP, press the reset button. Stop sabotaging the work of this Administration, which is packing the mess you left behind, through your reckless statements and unfounded allegations. Play responsible opposition politics. Put Nigeria’s interest over and above partisan interest. Temper your desperation to return to power. Spend quality time in the purgatory and you will be forgiven,” he said.
The PDP said in response to Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, who asked the opposition party to complete its apology to Nigerians by returning all the funds it allegedly looted from the public treasury during its 16 years in power, that looted funds were also used for the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
In a statement on Tuesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of PDP, said there is no evidence of the alleged looting by PDP.
Ologbondiyan also said those who “stole hundreds of billions of naira” are being protected by the Buhari administration.
“The APC and its federal government cannot continue to play the saints when state governors who stole hundreds of billions of naira meant for the development of their states to fund President Buhari in 2015, are still enjoying cover as members of the Buhari kitchen cabinet, despite outrage from Nigerians,” the statement read.
“There is no evidence that the PDP, as a party, looted any public fund. The APC and President Buhari campaigned for the 2015 presidential election with looted billions of naira meant for the provision of essential amenities for ordinary Nigerians.
“The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, misfired in his outburst that the PDP should return alleged looted funds when the only party known to have used looted funds has always been the APC.
“Nigerians are aware that prior to the 2015 election, President Buhari had informed that he was insolvent. He, however, took Nigerians by surprise as he enjoyed one of the most expensive presidential campaigns in the history of our nation, while turning a blind eye to reports of massive looting of funds from APC controlled states.
    “Even presently,  Mr Adebayo Shittu, the minister of communication, has been accused of owing his aides N13 million that he has no fewer than 12 houses across the nation; bought a N93 million printing press; bought 25 luxury cars for his personal use, among others. “Yet, nothing has been heard from either the dysfunctional APC or its incompetent federal government.” Ologbondiyan asked Mohammed to direct his demand to the presidency and the APC. He said Nigerians were expecting them to refund the stolen funds they used “to scheme themselves into office in 2015”.
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