The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the All Progressives Congress’ tirade on former President Goodluck Jonathan was an attempt to divert public attention from the failures of the current administration.
This comment was in reaction to a statement by the APC on the allegations levelled against Jonathan by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Cameron had, in his recently published book, alleged that Jonathan rejected help from British intelligence officers and troops who offered to rescue the 276 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, after tracking down a potential location. He also accused the then PDP administration under Jonathan of grand corruption.
APC had supported Cameron’s claims adding that “Nigerians already know the story of Jonathan’s habitual negligence to matters of state.”
In a statement Sunday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party however said such invective best suits President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC administration.
According to the PDP, the present administration has gone down as the most incompetent and most corrupt in the history of the nation.
PDP further said the attack on Jonathan was a desperate tactic by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to divert public attention from the recent shocking corruption and fraud revelations in which close relatives and confidants of Mr. President were mentioned.
The statement said, “The PDP has been made aware of how the Presidency has been in a frenzy to suppress investigations and deflect public enquiries from the arrest of President Buhari’s known confidant deported from the United Kingdom for alleged international passport scam and money laundering, as it knows that an inquest will further expose the huge rot in the Buhari Presidency.
“Our party has equally been made aware of how the APC and the Buhari Presidency have been desperate to divert public attention from the administration’s obnoxious decision to further oppress Nigerians by reintroducing tollgates on our highway, increasing Value Added Tax (VAT), electricity bill and other tariffs as well as their despicable plot to sack government workers.
“The PDP charges the APC and the Buhari Presidency to perish the idea of thinking that this unnecessary distortions on the Jonathan administration would bury the demand for an inquest into the Danu racket through which billions of naira meant for the wellbeing of Nigerians are allegedly being diverted to private purses.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note how the APC had remained silent since revelations that its key leaders and the cabal at the Presidency are involved in the stealing of over N14 trillion meant for the wellbeing of Nigerians.”
The party challenged the APC and the Buhari Presidency to speak out on the alleged diversion of the N500bn meant for the Social Investment Programme among other “humongous fraud” directly perpetrated under the Buhari Presidency.
“Furthermore, in trying to tar the PDP, the APC forgets that it is already common knowledge that all the bad eggs that brought a bad name to the PDP have since left our repositioned party to the APC where their National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who also has a huge corruption allegation on his neck, admitted that the party is a haven for corrupt persons.
“Moreover, the fact that President Buhari can only surround himself with persons openly indicted for corruption, as ministers and advisers, speaks volume of the administration’s posturing on corruption.
“The PDP therefore charges the APC not to think that it can cover its mess by trying to make unfounded allegations against President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP as Nigerians can now see through their shenanigans”, the PDP said.