Buhari can’t fight corruption; he’s lying — PDP governors

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors have accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of lying about their claim that Mr. Buhari will fight corruption if elected, saying the former military ruler’s ideas are as old as his age.

The governors spoke in Lagos Tuesday, where they met the media and civil society groups.

The governors at the meeting include Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).

Others are Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Bala Ngilari (Adamawa), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo).
“PDP has done a lot in fighting corruption, The PDP government established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC),” said Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who is the chairman of the PDP governor’s forum.

“We, the PDP governors, want to say that we abhor the politicisation of the corruption by military veterans. When the military toppled the government, it accused the civilian leadership of corruption. Gen. Buhari did worse things to Shagari, Dr. Alex Ekweme and Ajasin. The military veterans are trying to win power by branding the PDP as a corrupt government.

“Who are the people talking about corruption? Who are the financiers of the opposition? How did they make their money? There is nothing wrong with Gen Buhari’s age, if he thinks he can withstand the rigour of the office. But, we are worried by the age of his ideas,” Mr. Akpabio said.

The Akwa Ibom governor said Mr. Buhari has never shown leadership even as a military ruler.

“He was not in charge. The regime was called Buhari/Idiagbon regime. He is using 50 year-old trick of anti-corruption to deceive Nigerians. If we must move forward, we must move forward with President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

We reject postponement of elections

The governors said the party was finally ready for the elections and will not support any move to again reschedule the March 28 and April 11 polls.

They said the impression created had been that the ruling party was not ready for the elections and that PDP was the chief beneficiary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s decision to move the polls from February.

“We don’t want the elections to be postponed again, we are ready,” Mr. Akpabio said, adding that the PDP was confident it will sweep the polls.

The governor justified the decision to move the election from the initial dates, saying INEC was not ready at the time.

“… at the time the polls were shifted due to security concerns, over 23 million registered voters had yet to collect their PVCs (Permanent Voter’s Cards) and you know there are some countries with populations of about just three million,” he said.

“23 million would amount to disenfranchising more than five West African countries in their own elections.”

Mr. Akpabio said the commission still appears unprepared for the new dates.

He noted that given the unavailability of PVCs and failure rate of the card readers during INEC’s recent mock exercise, it was apparent that many Nigerians will be disenfranchised during the elections.

Mr. Akpabio’s claim came despite INEC’s position that it was satisfied with its field-testing of card readers, last Saturday, in 12 states across the six geo-political zones.

According to INEC, it achieved 100 percent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the PVC presented by voters during the field-test.

The electoral body, however, noted that only 59 percent of voters who turned out for the demonstration had their fingerprints successfully authenticated.

Mr. Akpabio recalled that the INEC chairman had admitted on the floor of the Senate that over one million PVCs were yet to be printed in China.

“According to the INEC chairman, the postponement was a blessing in disguise. How then can Nigerians reconcile the purported readiness of INEC for the February 14 election with the testing of card readers more than a month after the postponement?

“More than three weeks after the elections have been shifted they are then testing the card readers that would have been used,” said Mr. Akpabio.

“We re-assert that on no account should any registered voter be disenfranchised for non-possession of PVCs even when the person has a PVC when it is not due to one’s own personal fault even when the card reader has rejected or refused to recognize the thumb-print or the battery is dead and there is no electricity in that area to charge it.

“We don’t want anyone disenfranchised and we are pleading also that elections should not be shifted again because the impression being given was that we were not ready for elections even though we know that we would have won the elections if it had been allowed to hold.”

Twelve PDP governors attended the Tuesday’s meeting.

Mr. Akpabio attributed their choice of Lagos on the need to demystify the All Progressives Congress, APC, “propaganda” plaguing the state.

Mr. Jang, who said he was yet to collect his PVC, accused Mr. Jega of going back on his initial claim that card readers would be tested during by-elections before their deployment for the general elections.

“I received a text message from someone this morning and it reads: ‘During a meeting with a team from the United States last year, Jega had said card readers would not be used for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections because they were too crucial to be used for experiments.

“INEC said the card readers would be tested in by-elections but now INEC is insisting on using card readers for elections. Are governorship elections of two states more crucial than a presidential election?”

Mr. Imoke said that Mr. Jega had lost his integrity, a virtue he noted that led to his appointment as the INEC boss.

“The facts are before us,” he said.

“The testing of card readers yesterday or today and the failure that still has not been addressed. PVCs remain unprinted as we speak. INEC has no right whatsoever to disenfranchise any Nigerian.

Mr. Akpabio accused the APC of fuelling Boko Haram insurgency in the North.

“They are behind Boko Haram. Lai Mohammed said that it is unconstitutional to deploy troops to fight Boko Haram. Gen. Buhari described Boko Haram as our people on a television programme. When they wanted to negotiate, they said Gen Buhari should negotiate for them. I call on the United States (U.S.) and the United Nations (UN) to help Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram, now that the group is associated with the ISIS,” the governor said.

He also said the crisis has increased because the states involved, all APC states, are Nigeria’s poorest.

“There is a correlation between insurgency and poverty. Those who ruled those states have contributed to insurgency. The opposition is behind Boko Haram. The Senate has passed a resolution praising the Federal Government and the military for its success in the anti-Boko Haram war. But, APC has only praised the military. The Federal Government and the military deserve commendation for fighting insurgency.”


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  • motsa jiki

    Keep quite !

  • simon tor gideon

    He cannot fight corruption but all of you are afraid of him that he will luck you up for being corrupt.What an irony

  • Sanmi Falae

    Pictures indeed speak a thousand words. Just look at the DOOM AND GLOOM written right across their faces!

  • evi

    Buhari should explain first what happened to 53 suitcases of hard currencies his brother in law helped him smuggle out of the country when he was head of state ,he should tell us how 2.8 bn disappeared in to thin air when he was petroleum minister ,he should also tell us how 25bn disappeared when he was PTF chairman, he should also explain his relationship with his god father, tinubu,who is the most corrupt human being in Nigeria ,before he talks about fighting corruption

    • djay

      Buhari owes you no explanation, on March 28th take your sick ass to the poll, vote Gej and wait 4 the results simple.

      • evi

        Don’t cry and whine anymore, there is nothing you can do for your terrorist leader, buhari,his past has caught up with him. Nigerians will reject him the fourth time just like he was rejected three times before, buhari is a serial loser, a forger of result, a quota system general ,a self righteous and hypocritical criminal masquerading as a saint and a murderer and terrorist sponsor.

        • Rahim

          Evi.. reading this kinda made me laugh. In any country you accompany allegations with prove and evidence.. Until proven in court, defendants aren’t guilty. But considering the sacking of the cbn governor the taped election rigging in ekiti and the appointment of obanikoro to his cabinet kind of speaks volumes for your man. And by the way what are you going to do now that buhari won? I would love to here that response because you mouth just dey yarn trash for here #clown

    • Abubakar

      These are allegations only, one is innocent until proven to be guilty, therefore if you really have the facts you can easily go to court to prove Buhari and Tinubu are guilty of all you accuse them of.

      • Titi

        these are not even allegations, they are ordinary lies from people without character

      • evi

        Which court did you go to before declaring that jonathan is corrupt? Which court proved or indicted Jonathan of corruption?

        • GEJisaDISASTER

          Ribadu, EFCC has all the corruption files on GEJ and his wife

          • evi

            Efcc also has corruption file on buhari regarding the 25 billion he stole through his brother in law when he was PTF chairman, it has files on tinubu also, so what are you talking about?

        • Curseless

          Your argument is based on sentiment. Go and read what the outside world is saying on this issue of Jonathan’s corruption, I mean organizations that have access to information on slush fund, and money laundering by Nigerian leaders especially this government. That country have been robbed blind by all politician from both party in all honesty, but Jonathan’s government have put corruption on steroid.

          • evi

            What sentiments? What outside world, surely it can’t be the economist, that Tinubu paid to repackage buhari only for them to call him a tyrant with blood on his hands who nearly wrecked nigeria’s economy when he was head of state or you haven’t read of how buhari loot is hidden in mostly Arabian countries ? Jonathan signed the FOI bill to make the govt accountable to the people, people now know how much goes in and out the federal ,state and local govt coffers,before Jonathan’s govt,did you know how much went in and out of the federal purse, did anyone dare ask? 53 suitcases of hard currencies, 2.8bn and 25 bn all disappeared under buhari,so which corruption is on steroid? if any corruption is on steroids it is the one going on under tinubu in lagos.

          • Curseless

            Can u reference that article where you read that Buhari have stolen money stashed away in Arabian country. I’m just curious!

        • otapete

          Jonathan is a yam eating goat

    • SAM .A

      Evil , no doubt u are as corrupt as those governors above ,point to any of them that is not a billionaire . Your days judgement is here. U will run away with these goats who has been eating all Nigeria yams.

      • evi

        I know you are surrounded by evil that is slowly consuming you that is why you see evil anywhere you go. If you are looking for the most corrupt elements, they abound in apc, tinubu,your leader and godfather of your result forger quota system terrorist general, is the most corrupt human being in Nigeria, buhari that went to hide all his loot abroad and is here pretending to be poor is not far behind, amaechi, apc driver now promoted to DG, mugu and alhaji bring bring is also not far behind, you hypocrites should remove the speck in your eyes so that you will see well to remove the log in another’s eyes. Terrorists.

        • SAM .A

          Evil, I can’t wait for the wind of change to sweep u back to the creek when u belong on 3/28.
          Your boss has said corruption is not stealing , he is keeping the yams of Oyel with the goats of Oyel.
          Now that u have imbibed his doctrine , corruption is now a virtue among u all creek monkeys & e- rats .
          U sleep with it , drink it and eat it, u also glorify it .
          The change is here.see u here on 3/29 as a born against.

        • myself

          why not ask ur good luck jona similar questions first. someone who calls corruption ‘mere stealing’. Is he not a big fooool who knows nothing. whatever u like, say about Buhari, Jona lucky must go, his luck has hitherto brought him to this level, he has failed and will continue to fail, his luck has left him so he has no back bone again. Him dat claims to have fresh brain but thinks awkwardly nko.

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      The 53 suitcases are where they belong: inside the inner recess of your jaundiced reasoning, to torment bigots without conscience like you. CHANGE or be pushed aside!

      • evi

        I could say the same about the 20 bn that you and your terrorists brothers have been whining about even when PWC cleared NNPC of that allegation. You guys can dish it our but can’t take it. Maybe you think change is changing to suit and masquerading as a democrat .You better be ready to hang yourself or better still strap your self which whatever bomb is left in your possession that you will use to bomb yourself into oblivion because Jonathan will win this election.buhari is a serial loser who has been rejected three times and will be rejected again.

        • otapete

          Will you take a bet ?. Put down 500k if you think Jonathan will win this election I will put down 600k that Buhari will win .I have an account with GTB.

  • Siyaka Momoh

    Why are they all scared of Buhari ? Don’t worry after May 29 Nigerians will be the one to judge him.

    • Segun

      How did the sponsors of buhari get their money? Ask Tinubu. Ask Amaechi. Ask Fasola. Come back to tell us. If the likes of tinubu and amaechi can be following him up and down, why do u think other govs will run away if in an unlikely situation buhari wins?

      • tundemash

        Obviously you are shallow minded !

      • otapete

        jONATHAN IS FUNDING ELECTIONS FROM HIS SALARY ABI?

  • Salako

    As young as his age he could not fight corruption, what a clueless driver!

  • taiwo

    Buhari is not going to fight any corruption,he is already enveloped in a cesspool of corruption and is actively enjoying the proceeds of corruption on his campaign train

  • Yusuf

    big fools, big idiots, u better give up fighting the Nigerian people. What is happening to u is not the work of Buhari or APC, it is the work of Nigerian people, the era of stealing and corruption is gone weather u like it or not

    • Segun

      Yusuf, is it only the buhari suppoters that are not fighting Nigerians? Wake up and use your senses.

  • abc

    Buharis ideas are old, so therefore, let’s sit back and watch the Goats eat the yams? The funny thing here is that, this people never deny that they are corrupt, but always insist that Buhari too is with the corrupts like them. What an irony?. For me it’s better to be with a displinarian who is not corrupt with some repentant corrupt people behind him, than a devilish corrupt leader who did not know even the meaning of corruption, with full of bloody corrupt individuals behind him.

    • Africa

      Haha..These goats are eating our yams….

  • NIGERIAN

    Case closed Premium Times should have captioned this story as ”PDP GOVERNORS ADMITTED CORRUPTION BUT BUHARI CAN NOT FIGHT IT”.These pen robbers are still wallowing and hallucinating on their reelection bids. Great Zik was 79 while Great Awolowo was 74 when both contested for 1983 Presidential election.The only thing that will stop you from going to Prison is to automatically surrender and forfeit all the ill gotten public funds you stole in 16 years of PDP misrule.

    • Segun

      Has anybody denied the fact that there is corruption in the nation? Is there no corruption in the PC states? How many pple have they reported and sent to jail in the APC states? Is it only Buhari that has the mantra to check corruption? He cannot show his certificate yet he wants to occupy a public office. Is he not the father of corruption by that singular act? He sid he had no money, but his children schooled abroad, his wife donated N140m recently! Who is fooling who? buhari is definitely fooling you and you, in turn also fooling buhari.

  • Rommel

    What wrong did Nigerians do to the PDP that they hate the country so much?

  • ICC Hague

    Faces of failures looking sad because they all know they are going, Shameless people so fighting corruption is an old idea. But stealing is not corruption is a modern idea of your clueless Oga. So your wish is only continue to eat all the remaining yam while the rest of Nigerins should die. Buhari all the way.

  • abc

    Buhari have been a military governor of NE state ( Now 6 states ) for almost two year but still lives on pension, while some other people who ruled one of the states now for less than a year are Billionaires (eg. Fintiri of Adamawa). Buhari have been a Petroleum minister ( + NNPC GMD) for almost 4 years still on pension, but some other people who head any one of the NNPC and MPR are now billionaires in Dollars with oil wells (eg. Rilwanu lukman, Deazeani, dan etete, Obasaki, etc). Buhari have been the Head of State for almost 2 years and still on pension but other people who lead the country for less than one year are Billionaires (eg. Abdulsalam, Shonekan). Buhari have been a close friend to later head of states ( Abatcha, Abdulsalam or even IBB and OBJ) but never ask for any financial benefit, contract, farm or oil well ( which if he ask he will get it that same day), but others become billionaires overnight just bcos being a friend or associates of CinC ( eg. Danjuma, Sani Bello, Indimi,Clark, Oritsijafo, etc). If today Buhari will start following state governors cap in hand for contracts and money, I believe even Fayose will be happy to give him one, but he remain on his pensions, while other former leaders use to go round the states from time to time ( eg. Gowon). If Buhari will be and remain like that without being tempted by worldly thing from his 30s to 50s when life is more pleasant. I believe at 70s when people think he will be corrupted by people around him, then that person have a great job of writing volumes of books b4 he convince me or any right thinking person. I will rather think of the corrupt people around him be changed for good by him.

    • Maitama Tambari

      abc thank you. Remember when the former Heads of State were given their pension of N23 million, GMB told the Finance Minister that N3 million was enough for him. Those that collected the N25 million are already billionaires. Yes, look at the faces of sad thieves knowing that the d-day is coming for them for appointment with reality. Have they bought their air ticket? WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

    • segun

      nice one

  • sagereal

    It is a shame that these thieves has the gods to come together to say GMB can’t fight corruption because of his age, when is it a factor that age determines your capacity to do something and if truly it is age I know 1 fact that my president is young and yet clueless on how to tackle corruption. Corruption is all around him and yet fail to see it nor admit it as corruption. It is a wise saying that what an elderly man sees sitting down a young man cannot see even if he climb Iroko tree. This is the time for the positive CHANGE Nigerians have been yearning for and its here to stay. MARCH FOR CHANGE come March 28.

  • SAM .A

    Behold the first eleven or 12 candidates for KiriKiri in June 2015.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Behold the faces of scared thieves on political death-row asking Nigerians to let them continue their demolition derby on the nation. Akpabio strikes one as a rabid talkative with little regard for decency and they must await their electoral execution slated for March 28

  • fresh15

    Buhari doesn’t have any good plan to curb corruption.He is inept and bereft of ideas to achieve any meaningful result in Nigeria.He was a weakling as a head of state,even as PTF chairman,he failed to perform.How can he open his mouth and say that he will fight corruption when he knows he can’t.

    • Umar Dendi

      I wonder what you could possibly get from the thieves lording over you.
      Has the 6 years he’s given you changed a sqt for your people?
      Well, perhaps you think the cheap change you get by crusading for ’em online is worth it.

    • tundemash

      One moment, Buhari was the monster who jailed all politicians in 1983 and ta same time he was also a weakling !

      Cl0wn , tell us another story !

    • tundemash

      One moment, Buhari was the monster who jailed all politicians in 1983 and ta same time he was also a weakling !

      Cl0wn , tell us another story ! Ask Zwingina and Bode George if in doubt !

    • myself

      i wonder if some pple think reasonably before passing comments. can u tell us at least one corrupt practice jona ever fought. he dare not, he’s always afraid. mumu president

  • segun

    If buhari can order arrest of dikko,who was a muslim and from the north to come and face justice that means zero tolerance for corruption but instead jonathan can only pardon corrupt leaders cause of sentiment reasons…Ruling party blaming opposition for boko haram is ridiculous…if they in control they should have done investigations and made arrest instead of showing they clueless and incompetence…

  • Dunamis

    A corrupt person cannot remove corruption, but rather add to it, a man whose political foundation is questionable. Has nottyn incorruptible to offer. GEJ till 2019

  • Africa

    Bunch of clowns, your days of feeding fat on our commonwealth are numbered. Thieving governors…

  • Preco01

    Don’t worry we the people will find out in 4 years. For now, Jonathan is corruption personified this past 6 years, we will take Buhari. PDP clowns, thanks but no thanks

  • tundemash

    Buhari can’t fight corruption; he’s lying — PDP governors

    And yet you are all jittery ? Ask Zwingina and Bode George .
    My candid advice; build a befitting prison in each of your states so you can atleast negotiate where to spend your jail terms!

  • Akiika

    …then you guys need not worry about going to prison again. Just let us have the election. Confused reprobates!

  • Olu

    I was expecting them to say Buhari stole and was corrupt . Did they read their Bible enough to know that Moses was a stammerer? We want a God-fearing man who will not steal our commonwealth. Not the one that refuses to satisfy the most simple test of corruption, declaration of his assets. He said it to our face that he does not give a damn-insulting us to our face. Today let GEJ declare his asset, I will vote for him. The number 1 man who swore to protect the law is the first to break it. YEs let Buhari be old we love him. We do not want eloquent thieves, sleek robbers, energetic fraudsters, friends to drug barons and militants in disguise.But I think Reagan governed USA till the age 77.Corruption is not fought by age, but by will.

    • Babso

      Gbam.

  • Tunsj

    Then who can fight corruption? Most of these PDP governors are scared to death of President Buhari.

  • SOVIA

    Look at their faces ,they are already scared of GMB.

  • akin-UK

    I wonder why these people always talk from the 2 sides of their mouths and wonder if they think Nigerians are unintelligent. Listen to this – “At this juncture, Akpabio declared that, “we see nothing wrong with General Muhammadu Buhari. But we are extremely concerned about the age of his ideas. If at 40, he could not fully been in charge, how can he now at 73 when his health needed close monitoring?”.

    If the above were to be true; why castigate him for the deeds in those years when you know he was not “fully been in charge”. What are we to believe about Buhari?

    • Biddy

      You castigate him for the same reason people are castigating GEJ, not being in charge, If someone neglects his duties, he is held responsible for whatever happens under him, Buhari is a worse puppet than GEJ, I cant understand when grown ups, who were around and aware then would talk like they either lost their memory, or they are under a Tinubu spell. Buhari was a weak leader who IBB just chased out like a kid, because Big Brother Idiagbon wasnt home. Tinubu and co know this, so they just wanna use him to grab power, then enslave the whole country the same way they have enslaved Lagos!

      • otapete

        WE WILL TRY BUHARI, WE HAVE TRIED JONATHAN HE IS NOT UP TO IT.

      • akin-UK

        You have have not answered my question. If you know he was not in charge why blame him for the deeds then?

        Just answer me without being abusive. You can make your point without being vulgar.

  • Okoro Nkama

    These so called governors are nothing but criminals that are afraid of what GMB would do to them when he assumes mantle of leadership come March 28. They are already shitting in their pants with their oga kpakpata, the clueless GEJ.

  • jd

    Have been able to fight corruption for more than 15 years you have been ruling? You PDP governors & leaders are thieves,criminal & rogues.

    • jd

      Have you PDP criminals been able to fight corruption for more than 15 years you have been ruling? You PDP governors & leaders are thieves,criminal & rogues.

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  • JAMES DANJUMA

    YOU PDP GOVERNORS, YOU ARE CALLING A MAN OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY A LIAR? THEN YOU DON’T DESERVE ANY RESPECT FROM NIGERIANS FOR YOU TO CALL A 72 YEAR OLD MAN ALIAR. FOR THIS SINGLE ACT YOU WILL LOSE MORE VOTES FROM THE ELECTORATE.

  • Fillip

    Buhari can’t even fight his own prostate cancer!

  • Hadiza Okafor

    How can a man who stole $2,8 billion from the accounts of the NNPC can fight corruption?

  • Fillip

    Is he lying? Or is he just being his old senile self, talking nonsense to uneducated masses, manipulated by the APC slanderous rhetoric?