The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari has failed his integrity test and has no moral right to pontificate on corruption, having entangled himself and soiled his administration in corruption.
It further said that “if there is any person whose activities of corruption has become a threat to the coming election, it is President Buhari,” who according to the opposition party is “financing his campaign with looted funds, while surrounding himself with politicians indicted for corruption.”
Buhari had in a statement earlier on Sunday claimed that those who had looted the nation’s treasury were intent on using the huge resources at their disposal to undermine the credibility of the election through vote buying.
But responding in a statement later on Sunday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said that out of its respect for the Office of the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, it had severally refrained from calling out President Buhari on his various indictments for corruption even during his era as a military ruler.
The party then said that a clear reading of Mr. President’s statement today (Sunday) shows that he was not yet aware that Nigerians had “decoded his mastery of concealments of corruption in his Presidency and are no longer interested in his failed self-acclaimed fight against corruption.”
PDP statement read in part, “President Buhari presides over the most corrupt and incompetent administration in the history of our nation, for which Nigerians are very eager to go to the polls on Saturday to vote him out of office.
“If Mr. President were to be aware, he would have discovered that his entire surrounding reeks of moral, institutional and integrity corruption. But since he has consistently claimed not to be aware of anything around him, it is imperative to let him know that the fish in his pond is rotten from the head.
“Clinical examples can be drawn from his campaign council. Nigerians are aware that not a few members of this council have been indicted on malfeasance bordering on corruption.
“Is it not strange therefore that President Buhari who wants Nigerians to perceive his administration as fighting corruption, will cast a net into the ocean and bring out only corrupt people to run his campaign?
“The truth is that Nigerians have seen more than enough of the fake fight against corruption and have come to a conclusion that President Buhari is merely paying lip services to this fight. He has no intention to do it and even if he had the opportunity to govern perpetually, he will never fight corruption.”