THE All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have engaged in a war of words over allegations that the APC enabled the stealing of over N15trn from national coffers.
In a statement titled: ‘Tales of Stolen N15tn, Employment Rackets, PDP Hung-over its 16 Years of Locust – APC’, signed by the National Secretary of the APC, Senator John Akpanudeodehe, in Abuja, on Wednesday, the governing party said the main opposition party has tried unsuccessfully to “canvass tales of a phantom stolen N15 trillion public funds in the media.”
Akpanudoedehe said, “It is not surprising that the generality of discerning Nigerians have ignored the unfounded and baseless allegation, because it is clear that only the PDP believes its deviant tales.
“From petroleum subsidy rackets, unexecuted electricity, CCTV, roads, to arms contracts to fight the North East insurgency, the culture of outright theft, misappropriation and diversion of public funds became the mainstay and pastime of successive PDP administrations.
“The PDP is obviously hung-over these forgotten and discarded years of locust. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has left that era.”
It said the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari has put an end to looting and created jobs. He said, “No government in the country’s history has systematically put in place measures to create jobs and alleviate poverty like the President Buhari government.”
In response, the PDP in a statement titled: ‘PDP Berates APC For Justifying the Looting of N15tn’, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described the leadership of the APC as the new mouthpiece for corrupt persons.
He said, “The PDP asserts the shameful attempt by the APC National Caretaker Committee to justify and provide cover for looters in their party at a time over 40 million Nigerians have lost their means of livelihood, with many more living in abject poverty because of the unbridled widespread looting by APC leaders, further confirms that the APC is an irredeemable citadel of corruption.