The Peoples Democratic Party has chided the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, over his remark in Port Harcourt that his administration would be tough on corruption, particularly in the public sector, describing it as “an assault on the sensibility of Nigerians.”
Tinubu made the pledge in Port Harcourt on the invitation of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to inaugurate some projects.Reacting to the remark, the PDP through its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the President-elect was not competent to speak on the subject matter of corruption.
Addressing journalists at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, Ologunagba said, “It is ludicrous that an individual who has been widely alleged to be an enabler and beneficiary of corruption can attempt to put himself forward to Nigerians as a champion of anti-corruption. Of course, corruption cannot fight corruption.
The PDP and indeed all sensible Nigerians are alarmed, scandalised and embarrassed by the recent claim by the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the commissioning of some judiciary projects in Rivers State, that he will fight corruption in the country.
This statement by Senator Tinubu is completely sacrilegious and an assault on the sensibility of Nigerians, having regard to his records of alleged corruption and having been described variously as an embodiment of corruption in his public life.
“It is in the public domain that as Governor of Lagos State, Senator Tinubu promoted and institutionalised corruption as an act of governance. It is on record that Senator Tinubu is alleged to be deeply involved in the infamous cases involving Alpha Beta Consulting…”
The party called on the judiciary to be wary of attempts “by the APC and its presidential candidate to patronise them in the course of the discharge of their constitutional duties as impartial arbiter, particularly in the pending petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.”