Friday, September 04, 2015

‘You Are Yet To Publicly Declare Your Assets,’ PDP Tells Buhari, Osinbajo

Olisah Metuh

Opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described the assets declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as "a deceptive window-dressing to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians".

The PDP however, observed that President Buhari
and his vice failed to produce copies of their
declarations, detailing the exact nature and value of
respective assets.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh,
in a statement on Friday said "the release of a mere
list of belongings falls short of credibility,
transparency and anti-corruption standards as well
as exposes the proclivity of the present
administration for deception."

"We have noted the release of a flimsy list of
belongings of President Muhammadu Buhari and
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by the Presidency,
who want such to pass as the public declaration of
assets as pledged by the President.
"Nigerians are not deceived by this poor attempt at
window-dressing designed by the Presidency to
hoodwink the unsuspecting populace in a desperate
bid to shore up its diminished image.
"We ask, is the resort to a mere list, instead of true
copies of the declaration not a ploy to give the
Presidency a window for denial in consonance with
their widely observed inclination for flip flopping,
backtracking and brazen denials of their statements
and actions?

"All we want is credibility, integrity and sincerity of
purpose. We are not questioning how a President,
who by December last year, declared that he had
only N1 million in his account, could suddenly now
list N30 million in the same bank account by May 29,
and after an expensive campaign; we are not yet
demanding the public declaration of his assets in his
wife's name.
"We are not even applauding the multiplication of
his cows from 150 to 250 in a space of three
months, arising from his dual and conflicting
pronouncements on this issue. What the PDP and
discerning Nigerians demand is for Mr. President to
always stand by his words and pledge.
"Mr. President, this is a mere list of your belongings
and not public declaration of assets in fulfillment of
your covenant with Nigerians
Meanwhile, civil society group, Socio-Economic
Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has hailed
the public declaration of the assets, adding that the
declaration has turned the page on transparency
and accountability in Nigeria.

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