By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to immediately submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over humongous corruption allegations hanging on his neck.
The party said Oshiomhole lacks the rectitude to speak in public as a leader at any level, whatsoever, until he clears the allegations that he diverted billions of naira meant for the people of Edo State while he was governor.
The opposition PDP noted that since the petition against him at the EFCC is in the public domain, the newly coroneted national chairman would do the APC, Buhari Presidency, the EFCC as well as himself a lot of good by quietly submitting himself for investigation and possibly, prosecution.
According to the party, since one of the campaign footstools, upon which APC was elected into office, is fighting corruption, it will be incongruous for Oshiomhole to go about his new assignment with allegation of corruption, even as tiny as a strand of hair.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan yesterday in Abuja, said, “It is also instructive for the new chairman to understand that Nigerians are no longer inclined to sophistry, illogical arguments, deceits, contrivance and recourse to abuse as a method of campaign.
“As such, the PDP would be prepared for engagements that have the potency of rescuing our people from the hunger and starvation which the APC has sunk them.
“With Saturday’s charade, APC and its Federal Government, which claims to have zero tolerance for corruption, have eaten their vomits, confirming that they have been hypocritical and trending on lies, deception and propaganda.
“With the outcome of the Saturday’s convention, the APC has kissed internal democracy goodbye in the selection of its candidates at all levels as the national leadership, led by people burdened with corruption allegations, cannot but submit to the whim and caprices of those who granted them official protection from prosecution,” it said.