The 49-member Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday kicked against President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption, saying the drive was a selective anti-graft war that “lacks transparency and fairness”.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference, the PDP senators, led by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said the anti-graft war was mainly targeted at opposition politicians.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is currently being investigated by the EFCC, noted that there is no transparency in Mr. Buhari’s efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption as the administration targets its political opponents.
The opposition senators however expressed support for the Buhari administration, saying they support Mr. Buhari’s efforts to change the country.
“But the PDP senate caucus notes the crusade against corruption undertaken by the APC-led federal government and hereby declares her support to rid Nigeria of corruption. The caucus is not happy with the current trend that seems to suggest that the war against corruption is selective and targeted at PDP stalwarts and states.
“The current war lacks transparency, fairness to all and appears to be aimed at political adversaries,” said the Minority Leader.
The PDP Senators further condemned the action of personnel of the State Security Service by hounding government opponents, saying security service also intimidates electoral officials in Abia, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, controlled by the PDP.
“It is on this ground that we condemn in particular what is happening in Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia states where election umpires are daily arrested, their families and associates hounded, and judicial officers involved in election tribunals intimidated and questioned using trumped up petitions bordering on corruption.
“Yet, these officials were part of the 2015 elections that produced President Buhari, an election adjudged to be generally free and fair by the international community. The PDP senate caucus is worried, alarmed and shocked by the recent development in our polity where the DSS is now involved in electoral matters.
“A situation where officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state, Akwa Ibom and Abia states (all PDP states) are daily being arrested, detained and questioned on politically motivated corruption allegations is worrisome and spells doom for our democracy unless the trend is reversed.
“Reports reaching the caucus has it that INEC officials are being forced by the DSS to produce falsified documents to support APC candidates cases before the tribunals. This is abominable and unacceptable. Mr President and all well-meaning Nigerians must intervene to preserve the independence of the tribunals and that of INEC.
“The PDP senate caucus, despite its formidable strength, has resolved to offer only credible opposition that would lead to the building of a better Nigeria. The caucus will give him all the needed support to ensure his success as president.”
Although he noted that the government “is too young” to be judged, Mr. Akpabio criticised the method it is adopting to recover stolen funds from officials of the immediate past administration.
“The money that has been been recovered should be put on the pages of paper, and be shared to states so that everyone can see,” he said.
The former governor said the senators resolved to make the matter public as the president was yet to act on the petition sent to him by the National Working Committee of the PDP over SSS’ interference in electoral matters and litigations.
Mr. Akpabio therefore urged Mr. Buhari to treat Nigerians equally.
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