Mention names of PDP members who stole public funds or keep quiet - PDP challenges Osinbajo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to look inwards if they are searching for looters of the nation’s treasury. The party’s national publicity secretary Kola Ologbodiyan criticised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s speech at colloquium organised to mark the 66th birthday of Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the APC in Lagos on Thursday, March 29.

Osinbajo had said he would continue to talk about corruption in PDP’s administration because the looting that took place in the last five years of the party’s administration cost the nation dearly. 

“The corruption of the previous five years destroyed the economy,” he said. Featuring on a programme on Channels Television, on Thursday evening, Ologbodiyan said the vice president was only fond of bandying figures he cannot trace to a personality in the PDP. He said Osinbajo was not bold enough to mention names of those he claimed stole public funds. He cautioned the vice president to either “keep quiet” or present a list of PDP members who amassed wealth through illegal means. 

The PDP spokesman said: “We want to caution the Vice-President that he should stop bandying figures. Anytime the Vice-President has the opportunity to face the camera, he begins to announce figures that he cannot support. “Our advice to him is that as a professor of law, he knows the pathway to follow when you accuse somebody of corruption. We challenge him to stop bandying figures but he should mention names of those who he claimed corrupted themselves. And if he cannot mention their names and he cannot charge them to court and he cannot cause their arrest and he cannot even list these people, he should keep quiet. 

“Why can’t they come out and say in the last three years, we have done these, we have done that? All they do is to come back and say the last 10 years of the PDP, last five years of PDP. Is that what Nigerians are asking? “As far as we are concerned in PDP, until the Vice-President comes out clean and says that your party members by so names corrupted themselves to the tune of so amount, you don’t expect us as a party to begin to respond.” According to him, the APC government has not been able to convict any PDP member. He said the ruling party was only engaging in ‘media trial’. 

 Ologbodiyan claimed the stolen public funds the APC is looking for is what financed their ascent to power. “If they are searching for corruption money, if they are searching for people who stole money, they should look inwards, that the position of PDP. “If they are current members of the rebranded and repositioned PDP, declare them so, but if they are hiding under villa protection and you are busy going around villages and towns announcing that PDP stole money, you are being unfair and you are not acting like a man of God. That is the position of PDP,” he said. 
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