The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has
noted that for the anti-corruption war of President
Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to be
successful, he must probe all security votes of past
presidents and heads of state from 1984 to date.
The main opposition party also called on the current
administration to establish a National Truth Commission.
The party said that the security votes of former of heads of
state, Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdusalami Abubakar,
Olusegun Obasanjo, and the late Umaru Yar’Adua should be
taken a second look at.
The PDP urged Buhari to also probe the expenditure of all
military purchases made during the Bakassi war, fight
against militancy in Niger Delta, military interventions in
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda and others.
Olisa Metuh, the PDP publicity secretary made this call in a
statement released on Sunday, December 13, Vanguard
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He noted that while the party is in the support of the anti-
corruption effort of President Buhari, the president should
include these past presidents and heads of state for
Nigerians and the international community to take the anti-
graft crusade very serious.
The PDP statement reads in part: “The Leadership of the
peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hereby reiterates its
support for an honest, holistic and total war against
corruption and we demand the trial and prosecution of all
those involved, including those who may have returned
‘loots’ to the government.
“However, we are completely against any one-sided public
trial and mob conviction of accused persons without
following the age-long and worldwide legal process wherein
all accused persons are presumed innocent until the
contrary is lawfully proved. We do not believe that mere
investigation confers a guilt verdict on those concerned and
the government should stop the brutal mob and public
conviction of individuals and the transfer of the burden of
proof of people being investigated.
“We restate for emphasis that a media and public war
against corruption is good, but it should not be limited to
only those opposed to the President and the ruling party. In
fact, until top officials of the former government open up
on the exact source of the funding, it remains premature to
be accusing our party members of corrupt practices.
“Nevertheless, if indeed the government’s investigation
includes the expenditure of President Jonathan security
votes from 2011, then it should be extended to a public
inquisition on the following: The security votes of all past
Presidents and Heads of state from 1984; The award of
contracts by the petroleum task force from 1993 to 1999;
expenditure of our military purchases and expenditure
during the Bakassi wars, the fight against militancy in the
Niger Delta, military interventions in Liberia, Sierra Leone,
Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda among others; the source of
funding of the PDP and APC’s 2015 Presidential campaigns;
the contributions from APC controlled state governors for
their Presidential campaign and the beneficiaries thereof as
well as allegations that people were made ministers just to
cover up the slush fund that they provided to finance the
APC presidential campaign.
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“In the light of the way and manner of this government’s
selective prosecution of the war against corruption, the PDP
challenges the government to set up a National Truth
Commission wherein politicians and other Nigerians
publicly discuss the true meaning of corrupt practice in our
land. This commission would also provide a platform for a
proper public inquisition into the mind-boggling wealth of
some Nigerians in public office.
“Nigerians are quite eager to learn the business and
investment tricks of past and present public officers in the
APC fold, especially former governors, former ministers as
well as their national leader, who suddenly acquired multi-
billions investments and are now reputed to be the richest
politicians in the country.
“Nevertheless, if indeed President Muhammadu Buhari in
anyway whatsoever desires to probe his opponent in the
Presidential election, he should come out straight instead of
going round in circles.
“If indeed the government is interested in ending sleazes
associated with campaign funds, the National Truth
Commission will present an avenue for Nigerians to openly
debate the issues therein with facts and figures.
“If truly this government has provided hundreds of millions
of naira to columnists, media analysts and commentators as
well as social media writers and bloggers to castigate,
denigrate and embarrass the PDP and its leaders, then the
PDP, being a party that is out of power and especially
against the present hostility of the security agencies, will
publicly approach the Truth Commission with revelations
backed with evidence, facts and figures.
“Finally, we state categorically that the PDP will no longer
allow major beneficiaries of its 16 years in power, especially
those with a lot of proven baggage to attempt to adorn
sanctimonious apparel by castigating and denigrating a
party on which platform they had the opportunity to