Premium Times (Abuja)

21 April 2013

Nigeria: We Are All Guilty of Corruption, PDP Tells ACN

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Cartoonist depicts bad governance and corruption in Nigeria.

The ruling party says if anything, the leading opposition party is as guilty of the same crime.

The Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed a statement from the Action Congress of Nigeria celebrating the categorization of Nigeria as corrupt by the United States as "misplaced."

The ruling party says if anything, the leading opposition party is as guilty of the same crime.

"Why is the ACN gallivanting? That only the PDP is corrupt and the opposition saints? What sense is there in this naked dance in the centre of the market square," asked a statement from the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh.

The PDP said that ACN was least qualified to point an accusing finger because its leader is one of the most corrupt Nigerians of the living memory.

"See who is pointing an accusing finger with all the sleaze going on in the states under the ACN; with the commonwealth of entire six states privatized to please the emperor at Bourdillon," the statement said.

Action Congress had earlier described the ruling party as a "cesspool of corruption" citing the US report released weekend. But the PDP hit back a harshly worded statement.

"The world may know of corrupt cases in Nigeria because the PDP as the ruling Party has chosen not to condone corruption like the opposition. We have shown enough dispassion in the crusade that even some of our members found wanting had to face the full weight of the law. Winning the war on corruption is therefore a matter for all Nigerians to do his or her own beat," statement by Mr. Metuh said.

"A deeper insight reveals no doubt that all corrupt persons in the civil and public services are not members of the PDP, neither are all Nigerians in their private businesses members of PDP."

Mr. Metuh said, though it is easy to argue that as leaders all bucks stops on PDP's table, it is at the same time needful to appreciate that all Nigerians must pull through their own beat.

"The phenomenon of corruption predates the 14 years of the PDP but our party has taken bold steps to tackle it. Whether, the ACN agrees or not, the establishment of the EFCC, ICPC and the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act are some of the firm measures in fight against corruption," Mr. Metuh said.

"The PDP shall continue the fight until the chaff of corruption is winnowed into the fire," he said.

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