By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Edo governorship election, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has no moral rectitude to speak on corruption.
The PDP said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The Kano State Governor had earlier said that his counterpart in Rivers State, Mr Nyeson Mike, who is equally the
Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo, would be isolated, while the party’s governorship will be humiliated, claiming that PDP was simply targeting the economic. resources of the state for looting.
However, in its response yesterday, the PDP said that it is a huge irony that Governor Ganduje, who was seen on viral video stuffing his robe with gratification in foreign currency, could have the gut to accuse the PDP of corruption intentions in the Edo state governorship election.
According to the main opposition party, “It is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of gandollar after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state”.
The PDP pointed out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.
The PDP said further, “Apparently, Governor Ganduje and other APC leaders are so used to looting public treasuries that such is his first mental direction after his inauguration to lead the Edo governorship campaign.
“Governor Ganduje has further confirmed the real intention of the APC, which is to use their morally embattled candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu (of course, birds of the same feathers flock together) for their desperate effort to regain access to Edo state treasury, after Governor Godwin Obaseki liberated the state from the stranglehold of APC treasury-looting godfathers.
“Our party invites Governor Ganduje to note that there is no free dollars for him and other APC leaders to loot in Edo state.
“Under the PDP, the resources of Edo state, and indeed other PDP states, belong to the people and not to any political cabal and their godfathers.
“Of course, this is why the people of Edo state are solidly behind Governor Obaseki for firmly resisting APC looters.
“Moreover, Governor Ganduje, with his infamous “gandollar” video, is no match to the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Whereas Governor Wike is a highly respected, upright, honest, transparent, people-based and development-driven leader, who is firmly in touch with the people of Edo state and enjoys their confidence and trust, Governor Ganduje, on the other hand, represent a leadership that is fraught with dishonesty, corruption, non-performance and public shame”, it said.
The PDP thus counselled Governor Ganduje and the APC to “quietly perish the thoughts of looting Edo state treasury” like they are doing in APC controlled states, as the people of Edo state will humiliate them in the September 19 election.