Unlike Jonathan, APC will not tolerate corruption – Oyegun

APC Chairman John Odigie Oyegun

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party would fight corruption with every resource and vehemence that it could muster, if voted into power next year.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun stated this at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

Declaring corruption as “evil”, he said the party would promote personal integrity, government integrity and national integrity.

He said since independence, Nigeria had experienced varying degrees of corruption to the extent that it had been one of the recurring reasons for change of national leadership.

He noted that in spite of strong public disapproval of corruption, the cancer of corruption had continued to spread.

The APC national chairman said in the last 16 years, corruption had grown exponentially to the point that the world had come to stigmatize Nigeria and Nigerians as synonymous with corruption.

“Our national institutions have been compromised and the continued survival of the country is threatened,” he said.

“The operation of the national budget and the maintenance of the military forces have been so severely compromised by corruption that national development and security have been massively undermined under the Jonathan administration of the last six years.

“Using the corruption perception index {cpi} of Transparency international, Nigeria has maintained a score in the range of 25 percent and ranked amongst the bottom level of corrupt countries deteriorating from a bad score of 27 percent in 2011 to 25 percent in 2013.”

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said evidence of widespread and rampant corruption abounds in the nation’s everyday life.

He recounted that following the last public demonstration against the increase in fuel prices in 2012, a probe into the operations of the fuel subsidy program of the Jonathan administration revealed massive fraud and corruption but no conviction had been secured by this government.

He said the various reports of investigation of corrupt practices on the national pension scheme, the power sector, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, government ministries and departments abound “and nothing has been done about them.”

“The (Jonathan) administration has demonstrated, both in its body language and explicit actions, a disgusting lack of will and competence to arrest and reverse the debilitating grip of corruption on our national life,” he said.

“Public officials have developed and sustained chummy relationships with society figures being investigated for corruption and former public officials, convicted for corruption, have been selectively pardoned by the presidency. Some of these persons, following their pardon, have been appointed to high positions of influence by the PDP administration and offered their platform to contest for high public office.

“This is the issue of corruption, an evil that flourished under state – sponsorship and the patronage of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We have a historic opportunity during the forthcoming elections to begin a serious and decisive fight to end this cancer, or submit to its destructive inroads into every facet of our lives.”

Explaining how the APC would tackle the menace if elected, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, said any officer in the party’s government accused of corruption would be thoroughly investigated and severely sanctioned if found guilty.

“Our government shall lead by example and signal, through its explicit conduct, a zero tolerance for corruption. All APC governments at all levels shall mandatorily operate an open budgetary process with quarterly report of budget performance,” he said.

“The spirit and letter of public procurement laws/processes shall be scrupulously complied with. Our government shall as an article of faith honour all contractual obligations and ensure strict compliance with all court orders/judgments.

“In the international fora, our government shall abide with agreements freely entered into and our foreign missions must honour all contracts so that the image of Nigeria as a corrupt, lawless and undisciplined country will be changed.”

Vowing that the fight against corruption would be total and rooted in the belief that all major religions in Nigeria and our culture abhor corruption and impunity, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, said an APC government would do so within the rule of law and respect for the fundamental rights of all citizens.

According to him, “We shall fight for change and we must change Nigeria.

“We believe that an environment of poverty and ignorance is a fertile ground for corruption and impunity, consequently, our economic program of inclusive growth, qualitative education and equitable distribution of the national wealth shall constitute a potent weapon in the fight against corruption.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    You are a liar! APC is a bundle of corruption. Was Jonathan responsible for looting of Ekiti treasury under Fayemi? Was Jonathan responsible for looting of Lagos treasury under Fashola (some LG chairman were recently indicted for looting LG funds; BAT looted through Alpha Betta – the sole tax consultant; Fashola’s sister blew billions of Naira under residents registration …).

    • Ashibogu

      Bros., make una ask the man why Murtala Mohammed sack am and other Super Permanent Secretaries? Dem think say we don forget! Murtala take broom sweep them away. It is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Jonathan no doubt has his failings but it is not this man that should tell us. Eye wey cry dey see road! Because we no dey talk no mean say we no dey see road. Let him go and make sure there is internal democracy in his party then he can come and talk to us. What you accuse Jonathan is what we are begining to see in your party. Magomago!

      • Wähala

        Magomago is running to Ota after claiming in “magomago statements” that you are the best President to lead Nigeria since Independence. Grandstanding is magomago, after the dust settles… what’s left is what matters. Dumbo will pay for his magomago after their primaries when aggrieved pdp Senators team-up with the opposition to rub Vaseline in his dirty backside hole and really stick it to him. Don’t worry…
        stay tuned!

    • Wähala

      Mumu,
      when a man has to eat his vomit within days in public, trouble dey for paradise. Wake up and smell the akara, Dumbo is responsible for more than what you ranted off. No man has lifted $20bn in a heist since recorded History… credit shattering of that record to your moron before writing for crumbs. Nigeria is serious business, it’s about a country not state. Advise Lagosians to sue Fashola!

  • Wähala

    Apart from his salient, sound bite Buhari-for-President vote given the xGeneral’s rigid stance against corruption, Catholic John Oyegun is not far from the truth that PDP cartel rewards criminals with political tickets. In Bayelsa for instance, DSP Almas was not only pardoned, he is running for the Senate under the umbrella, in Anambra State, stinking-corrupt Stella Oduah is being power-sponsored by Lady Hippo on behalf of JoDumbo. A creek crook who inherited a 27% but now wants to be re-elected on 25% cpi index because he sees stealing as different from corruption. The Kingpin of Corruption. Bottom line, the fact that it will give many Nigerians heart attacks calculating the actual monies that accrued to them in the past 16yrs, the cabal that has blown all savings, stolen what’s coming in, and turned governance into a do-or-die criminal activity cannot and must not be allowed to take Nigerians for granted. Change is inevitable biko, we can return to a reformed PDP after they take a pounding at the polls to remind them of who their employers really are. As per Dr. Crook, I recommend immediate impeachment so Nigerians can start counting our losses… no gainsaying it.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari was the staunchest supporter,enhancer,employee and enabler of the Abacha military kleptocracy….the worst ever in Africa !!………SO SHUT IT !!

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    This Judas Iscariot of Benin should learn to keep his mouth shut…as mortals, it is inappropriate for us to kwestion God’s creation, otherwise one would have more than sufficient reason to infer that the Edo people and by extension, the universe would have been better off had a specimen like the bald fellow, not been born.

    His years as Edo state Governor is not only nightmarish but smacks of colossal ineptitude in every facet of Governance. Today, there is neither one, nor even half a project that one can point to as an achievement by Oyegun. He & his officials stole, stole, & stole…But Comrade Oshioms has turned the state around…and the infrastructural changes have become visible, even to the blind. Lucky Igbenedion only took after the grand old crook…Now he pitches his tent with those who tell us that they, and they only can preside over Nigeria and the resources of the South & East…a Judas he has become and like the Judas Iscariot of Judea, he shall be rejected with his pieces of silver.

    Oyegun retired as a permanent secretary in a Federal ministry, so his level of corruption is wazoic…and ii is this same fellow who can now speak of corruption. People should learn to shut up sometimes and not speak simply bcos mouth is part of the body. It is highly irritating to hear Oyegun speak of corruption. It’s nauseating that such an icon of corruption will be so emboldened and have the effrontery to speak of corruption. Shame!

  • PROF

    Apc is terror personified.

  • Es3

    Someone should ask Oyegun his Tinubu’s APC if they intend to end corruption the way the ended it in Lagos after over 16 years???

    Is it after all government lands and property in Lagos became Tinubu’s private estates under Fashola’s watch??? After each APC state gave =N=1 billion for Tinubu’s 60th birthday??? After the cloning of voters card to rig 2015 leections to be conducted by INEC???, and the list is endless!!!

    Let Oyegun tell us how well APC has fought corruption to a standstill in their states that would stand for in this their lying claims?!!!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    With the Tinubus and Atikus at the helm of affairs,you can go tell those tales to the marines !!

  • warry

    The way Buhari did not tolerate it under Abacha ?

  • Tabugbo

    Just like APC fought against corruption and thieving by the ugly bat in Lagos State! Wink, wink, wink.

  • olawale

    We say no to corruption in APC….i so much believe in there ideas.APC…Change