Friday, September 04, 2015

Stop distracting Buhari with frivolous complaints – Presidency warns PDP

Presidency on Thursday said that Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP was distracting President
Mohammadu Buhari with unfounded allegations of
selectivity in the war against corruption, warning it to
stop forthwith.

It also described as malicious and unfounded the
allegation by that funds from the Excess Crude
Account were being withdrawn by the Buhari
administration to pay back some governors of the All
Progressives Congress, APC that contributed to
President Buhari's presidential campaign.
The warning came against the backdrop of the
allegations by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr.
Olisa Metuh that President Buhari was shielding APC
government officials from facing prosecution and
compensating them for bankrolling his election

Speaking through the Senior Special Assistant on
Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the
presidency assured that allegations were frivolous,
saying that President was not known for that.
In a statement, Shehu explained that "since President
Buhari came into office, he has never told the EFCC
not to touch any APC Governor because they belong
to the same party."

The presidential spokesman regretted that while "it
was convenient for the PDP to remember the cases
of Sule Lamido, it pretended not to notice the fact
that former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa
State, who is an APC member, was also arrested and
arraigned at the same time."

He challenged Metuh to produce evidence where
President Buhari interfered in the activities of the
EFCC by giving instructions on who to prosecute or
shield from prosecution or apologize to Nigerians for
willfully propagating falsehoods to gain cheap
publicity or public sympathy.

The Media aide said it was the responsibility of the
former PDP administration to prosecute APC and
PDP Governors whose alleged cases of corruption
were brought to its attention.

According to him, "if the unseated PDP
administration had these facts against APC
governors, it was within its powers to prosecute

On the allegation that the Buhari administration was
secretly planning to award oil refining licences to its
cronies, the Presidency described the accusation as
absurd and ridiculous, adding that adherence to
transparency and due process would always be
President Buhari's philosophy on doing things.

Advising "PDP to stop crossing its bridges before it
came to them in order to intimidate the current
administration from going ahead with its resolve to
fight corruption at all levels", Shehu stressed that the
"Buhari administration was passionately committed
to fighting corruption in all its ramifications, and that
no amount of blackmail, distraction and false
allegation would deflect his from this course in line
with his campaign promises."
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