The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has warned the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Olisah Metuh not to frustrate the anti-corruption war embarked upon by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
A statement issued and signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya said the fight against corruption was indispensable and that Nigerians voted for Buhari because the President promised to fight corruption.
The party expressed worry over the recent alarm raised by its State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade over allegation that some people want to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to witch-hunt the administration.
APC said Mimiko and his aides should not exercise any fear if truly they had not mis-managed the resources of the state since they took over in 2009.
The statement reads, “the fight against corruption is sacrosanct and indispensable. Nigerians voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the last Presidential election, amongst other reasons, because President Muhammadu Buhari promised to nip corruption in the bud. Therefore any attempt to jettison the fight, will amount to breach of trust on our electoral promises to millions of Nigerians.
“Corruption has been the clog in the wheels of our economic, industrial, infrastructural, educational and human development in Nigeria; therefore the need to fight it with all vigour and vitality is sacrosanct and non-negotiable.
“Nigerians’ passionate appeal to Mr President is to be fearless, not to be deterred, and to intensify more efforts against the menace called corruption, in order to bring culprits to book.
“We are aware of the vigorous efforts by the PDP Governors’ Forum Chair, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP leadership and former Ministers under the Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to voraciously rubbish and blackmail the anti-corruption crusade of the APC-led federal government by tainting and painting it as selective, witch-hunt, political attack and a mere time waster.
“The statement credited to the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, on August 1st, 2015, that some people have concluded plans to begin series of petitions against Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Jonathan’s Ministers and PDP leadership to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is baseless and amount to running away from ones shadow.
“We advise them not to exercise fears if they are not corrupt, as President Muhammadu Buhari, whom the Nigerian public and the international community has nicknamed ‘Mr. Integrity’ will be fair and just to all in the fight against corruption.
“APC as a Party and by our manifesto, strongly urge all would-be political appointees to be exemplary and lead by example, as there will be no waiver or sacred cow on any corrupt act,” the statement read.