Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC), has claimed that the country has now overcome the dark days of willul waste, procurement/contract frauds and institutionalised corruption of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
While making reference to the $460 million failed Abuja CCTV project, the ruling party in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said that it was enough reason to reject the PDP at all levels.
“Recent disclosures by the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, that the current administration continues to service a $460 million loan taken from China to fund a phony Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) contract is a stark reminder why Nigerians must continue to reject the PDP at all levels of government. The fraudulent CCTV contract was awarded in August 2010.
“Lest we forget the $16 billion spent on power with no electricity, fuel subsidy rackets, counter-insurgency funds that were diverted and shared to political cronies, a phoney gas supply and processing agreement which has left the current administration contesting a $9.6 billion judgment debt, among other corrupt schemes and heists perpetuated by consecutive PDP administrations during its 16 years rule.
“The good news is that those dark days of wilful waste, procurement/contract frauds and institutionalised corruption are behind us.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration is progressively and aggressively instilling financial discipline, prudence, curbing leakages and ensuring probity in the way government conducts its business.
“The execution of the ongoing national infrastructure projects is a sharp departure from the past where contracts were awarded and cash-backed yet poorly executed or not executed at all.
“Today, Nigerians are getting full value for every kobo released for public works. Our public resources are now being rightly deployed to address our national infrastructure needs, social investments and other initiatives that directly benefit the people.
“Governorship elections are forthcoming in Bayelsa and Kogi states. We must not fall prey to the rapacious PDP again. We should be wary of whatever promises PDP is making ahead of the ballots in both Bayelsa and Kogi – a leopard cannot change its spots.
“Profligacy and corruption are in the PDP’s DNA. We must continuously strive to elect progressive governments at all levels, if we are to achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.
“The APC urges Nigerians to continue their support for the President Buhari administration’s campaign to end profligacy and restore probity, efficiency, and transparency in our national life,” the statement read.