The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described politicians opposed to the anti-corruption stand of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as “thieves”.
This was contained in a statement by Yekini Nabena, APC’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, which he issued on Sunday.
Highlighting its anti-corruption efforts to include “successful prosecution of many corrupt persons, the hugely-successful whistle-blowing policy and voluntary return of corruptly-acquired funds and assets”, the APC urged Nigerians to be wary of politicians, which it described as “thieves” that have “resurfaced to canvass votes of Nigerians for various elective positions, ostensibly to resume their stealing”.
The statement read: “Under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, the scale of recoveries from corrupt elements in the past three years by the country’s anti-graft agencies is testament that the administration’s extensive anticorruption drive is yielding results.
“Compared to the past, successful prosecution of many corrupt persons, the hugely-successful whistle-blowing policy and voluntary return of corruptly-acquired funds and assets has shown that it is no longer business as usual and corruption is increasingly becoming unacceptable.
“Corruption can no longer define how we do things as a country. There is a new realisation among well-meaning Nigerians that if we don’t kill corruption it will kill us.
“Recently, the media space has been awash with a campaign of calumny against the anticorruption efforts by the same opposition partisans and their proxies that ruined the country with their institutionalised corruption. This is expected as corruption will naturally fight back.
“Sadly, these thieves have resurfaced to canvass votes of Nigerians for various elective positions, ostensibly to resume their stealing. Nigerians are neither gullible nor stupid. They have not forgotten the yoke they bore under the corrupt Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) regimes and deserve no more of it.”
Noting that “public funds that could have improved the education, healthcare sectors and provided infrastructure to develop the economic and social life of Nigerians are sadly in the pockets of these thieves,” the party alerted Nigerians to the “plot of some politicians to buy votes and deploy other illegal means to subvert the people’s will during coming elections”.
They urged relevant agencies to be involved in tracking of election financing, noting that “the same people who criminally-diverted public monies to fund their political activities as brazenly displayed during past administrations, must be prevented from doing same in coming elections”.
The party restated its commitment to challenging corruption and its related vices, stating that it is in “line with the Change Agenda the APC promised Nigerians. This is a promise we are committed to keep”.