Nigeria, Politics

PDP govt represents corruption

John Odigie Oyegun

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun has lashed out at the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing it of condoning and permeating corruption in the land.

Oyegun said that evidence of widespread corruption abound throughout the length and breadth of the country with little or no effort by the president to curb the situation.

According to him, the last six years of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the saddle has seen more corruption, stressing that national development and security have been massively undermined under the Jonathan administration.

He stated that the various reports of investigation of corrupt practices in the national pension scheme, the power sector, the NNPC, the Central Bank, government ministries and departments were yet to see day light.

Oyegun spoke at a press conference in Abuja.

He said: “Nigeria since independence has experienced varying degrees of corruption to the extent that it has been one of the recurring reasons for change of national leadership. In spite of strong public disapproval of corruption, the cancer of corruption has continued to spread.

“In the last sixteen years, corruption has grown exponentially to the point that the world has come to stigmatize Nigeria and Nigerians as synonymous with corruption. Our national institutions have been compromised and the continued survival of the country is threatened.

“The operation of the national budget and the maintenance of the military forces have been so severely compromised by corruption that national development and security have been massively undermined under the Jonathan administration of the last six years.

What APC will do for Nigerians

Giving Nigerians an insight into APC’s plan to eliminate corruption, Oyegun said the anti-corruption agencies would be strengthened just as the party would give zero tolerance to the social malady.

“We declare corruption as evil and the APC will fight it with every resource and vehemence that can be mustered. We will promote personal integrity, government integrity and national integrity. In line with the public statement of one of our national leaders that a “fish rots from the top”, any officer in an APC government accused of corruption shall be thoroughly investigated and severely sanctioned if found guilty.

“Our government shall lead by example and signal, through its explicit conduct, a zero tolerance for corruption. All APC governments at all levels shall mandatorily operate an open budgetary process with quarterly report of budget performance. ”

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