The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that an unnamed leader of the All Progressives Congress got a contract of N84 billion from the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido.
The party said this was one of the reasons why the opposition party was pained when President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the CBN governor.
Apart from this, the party also alleged that another leader of the APC got another N5 billion consultancy contract while Sanusi was in office.
The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the allegation at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Metuh was commenting on the launch of the APC manifesto, which he said lacked character.
He said, “The spirited defence for the suspended Central Bank Governor mounted by the APC was because the leaders of the party benefited immensely from the regime of sleaze that took place under Sanusi.
“A fraudulent N84 billion contract was awarded to a leader of the party while another N5 billion was paid to another stalwart of the party as consultancy fee.”
Metuh refused to give the names or the details of the contracts.
When asked for reaction, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed promised to react “soon.”
He said he was attending a summit in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Metuh has described the manifesto which was released on Thursday as a product of what he called “Janjaweed ideology”.
He also described the manifesto as a roadmap to anarchy, typical of all anti-democratic coalitions. He claimed that the manifesto lacked character, depth and that it addressed no issue at all.
Metuh said the manifesto ranked security of lives and property low and that it gave no clue as to its preparedness to tackle terrorism.
He added that the manifesto was a tacit acknowledgment that the APC may be benefiting from the mayhem and knows more than meets the eye about the spate of terror attacks in the country .
He said, “When last year in its first official outing, the leaders of the APC said terrorism in Nigeria would disappear within 100days of APC leadership, Nigerians did ask if they knew the characters in crime and their sponsors . APC gave silence as an answer while Nigerians kept wondering.
“Today, the party has released its manifesto with loud silence on the matter so that Nigerians would not raise further questions on the face behind the terrorism mask.”
Taking the APC to task on job creation and war on corruption which the party projected as cardinal on its manifesto, Metuh said the APC has no credible recipe for job creation nor has it shown the strength of character to fight corruption more than the PDP does at the moment.
He said, “The PDP created anti-corruption agencies – the ICPC, the EFCC and established the Freedom of Information Act to further give teeth to the war on graft.
“The PDP-led federal government has also shown no preferences in its battle on corruption as senior party leaders as well relations have at one time or another been made to face the law on charges of corruption.“
According to the him, nothing showcases the anti-democratic ambience of the APC than its alleged inability to conduct what he described as properly constituted congresses and convention to elect its substantive officers almost a year after formation, thus showing that “the strange bedfellows have merged but the structures are refusing to integrate, hence, crisis and disagreements in its ranks.”