By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — National leadership of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, said that all hands must be on deck by Nigerians, including Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and other opposition political parties if Nigeria must succeed in the fight against corruption.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, noted that corruption in Nigeria predated the 14 years of the party’s existence, just as it asked why ACN must celebrate the rating of Nigeria as a corrupt country by the United States of America.
Metuh’s statement read: “The statement from Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, which celebrates the categorisation of Nigeria as corrupt by the United States is misplaced.
“Why is ACN gallivanting? Is it only PDP that is corrupt and the opposition saints? What sense is there in this naked dance in the centre of the market?
“The phenomenon of corruption predates the 14 years of PDP’s existence, but our party has taken bold steps to tackle it. Whether, ACN agrees or not, the establishment of EFCC, ICPC and the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act are some of the firm measures in the fight against corruption.
“The world may know of corrupt cases in Nigeria because PDP as the ruling party has chosen not to condone corruption like the opposition. We have shown enough dispassion in the crusade that even some of our members found wanting had to face the full weight of the law.
“Winning the war on corruption is, therefore, a matter for all Nigerians. A deeper insight reveals no doubt that all corrupt persons in the civil and public services are not members of PDP.
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