ACN more corrupt than us – PDP insists


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has replied major opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) over its recent statement that the ruling party is habouring corruption in the country, saying that the presidency will win its battle over corruption with the combined efforts of all Nigerians.
A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, affirmed the opposition party is more corrupt than the ruling party.
It said: “No government in the history of Nigeria has attempted the bold initiatives that our party has taken to fight corruption. The PDP led Federal Government created the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
“No matter the criticisms trailing their performance, these bodies have posted degrees of successes. Most importantly, these institutions are meant to outgrow partisan practices and given time, become inviolable winnower on the chaff of corruption,” the statement said
It said “Irrespective of class shall be fully informed and have access to hitherto classified pieces of information; the bottom line being to make governance collective and participatory; so that each Nigerian at any level is enabled to pick up the gauntlet against corruption.”
The PDP accused ACN of being an ingrate for attempting to rubbish the efforts of the Federal Government to end corruption, saying that their action is an indication that the party is a one-track-minded political party.
The communiqué maintained that the ruling party has promoted the spirit of free and fair elections contrary to what it had claimed.
It said: “For the first time in the history of our dear nation, a government made good its promise of free and fair elections. The 2011 general elections in which President Goodluck Jonathan participated as an incumbent was adjudged locally and internationally as the most incredible in our recent records.
“A comparison with the electoral shenanigans and bare faced robbery that go on in the opposition controlled States in the name of local government elections as witnessed recently in Ogun and Lagos States is just one out of myriads of ways the ACN is throwing spanner in the wheel of anti- corruption.
“Under the PDP led Federal Government, the nation has witnessed high profile probes as well as convictions. The National Assembly under the leadership of our great Party has also upped the scrutiny in its over sight functions.”
According to the party, “even though we are making no claims to having stamped out corruption, we insist that appreciable progress is being made. Yes, there is corruption but corrupt persons know full well today that the loop of the long arm of the law is not in any way broken; that questions must come up if not immediately, definitely later.”
“But what is the ACN’s contribution to freeing our society from corruption as a Party controlling six out of 36 states of the Federation?” the party asked.
It said “When the ACN pontificates on corruption, it carefully grows forgetful of the fact that the states under it are the bastion of corruption; that its National Leader is neck deep in corrupt practices and that one man’s greed is feeding fat on tax payers money in the six states ,” said.
When the ACN lays claim to sainthood, the statement added, “it cleverly forgets that the gigantic question mark on the claimed educational credentials of its leader is a monumental crisis on the psyche of the current and up-coming generations of Nigerians and that such blatant fraud is the cradle of corruption in the larger Nigerian society.”


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