The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said the revelation of another $2.5bn arms purchase scandal in which officials of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration were named is “another ugly testament of the stench of corruption oozing out from the Buhari Presidency and the APC, as a party.”
The PDP stated this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Ologbondiyan said the party alerts that with “this fresh $2.5 billion arms scandal, reportedly involving the National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno, who had earlier revealed that $1 billion also for arms cannot be traced, an alarming $3.5 billion (N1.3 trillion) meant for purchase of weapons to secure our country under the Buhari administration has been looted.”
According to him, the exposed barefaced contract scam in the $2.5 billion scandal as well as the outright disappearance of the $1billion as earlier revealed by the NSA, show the level of corruption and “unscrupulousness” among APC leaders and their agents.
He lamented that these leaders of the party and their agents “are stealing funds meant for arms while our citizens are daily marauded, pillaged and murdered by terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.”
The PDP spokesman further alleged that the unending exposure of sleaze in the security architecture of the Buhari-led administration has further heightened apprehensions in the public space that the security situation has been turned into a huge racket for corrupt enrichment of sneaky APC leaders and the cabal in the Buhari Presidency.
Continuing, he noted, “It is more distressing that instead of standing on the side of the people to demand for a clean-up of the system and recovery of the stolen funds, the APC, as a party, is rather desperate to justify acts of corruption, because its leaders and officials of its government are involved.
“Out party demands that the Buhari Presidency should come clean and offer explanations on both the $2.5 billion and $1 billion.
“Furthermore, the PDP restates its call to the National Assembly to conduct a joint open inquest into the funds and other monies drawn purportedly for the security of our nation under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch.”
But in a swift reaction to the PDP, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement issued by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, said the PDP’s statement was “unfounded and baseless.”
Akpanudoedehe said it is increasingly clear that only the PDP believes its “deviant tales.”
He opined that Nigeria, under Buhari has left the “discgraceful PDP era” where corruption was an established and institutionalised statecraft.
The APC national secretary also said “We truly hope the PDP can wake up to its responsibility of providing a viable opposition which our democracy needs, instead of engaging Nigerians with roadside fictional tales.”