By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said the action of the opposition in condemning the purported move to prosecute Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of the Federation, over an alleged infraction on the Code of Conduct laws, has again exposed the Party as one with a natural inclination to rise up in defence of cases of alleged corruption.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move to prosecute Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of the Federation, over an allegation of corruption leveled against him by a group, the anti-corruption and research based data initiatives.
The APC, in a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said anytime issues of corruption are raised against public officers, the PDP will quickly jump in defence of the alleged corrupt officials; and this, he said, has confirm what that PDP and corruption are siamese twins that are difficult to separate from each other.
“One would have thought that the PDP will call for impartial investigations when corruption cases are leveled against public officers, but spinning falsehoods and conspiracies remains the opposition party’s favourite past time.
“The fight against corruption remains a cardinal promise made by the APC to the electorate. We assure the PDP and indeed all Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration remains uncompromising in its determination to rid the country of this malady.
“As noted on many occasions by President Buhari, it is only those who have committed crimes that need to worry. The APC administration will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute any public officer if and when such is indicted for corruption.
The ruling party said they are committed to conduct one of the freest, most credible and peaceful elections in the country, and that achieving acceptable elections in all democratic clims is a collective effort which require the contributions and support of all well-meaning Nigerians, political parties, institutions and sundry interests.
“Commendably, in successive elections conducted under the APC administration, the Party has played by the rules, which has led to credible elections. This cannot be said of the PDP era when state institutions were deployed to manipulate the electoral process.
“The PDP’s baseless conspiracy theory on APC’s participation in the 2019 general elections should hereby be disregarded. We remain solidly committed to ensure that the forthcoming election go on record as one of the freest, most credible and peaceful elections in the country.”