NATIONAL LEADERSHIP of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of targeting his anticorruption war on opposition party members, challenging him to probe former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
The challenge was thrown by the PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, when the leaders of PDP Caucus in the Senate led by Dr Godswill Akpabio paid members of the National Working Committee, NWC, a solidarity visit at Legacy House, Abuja.
Secondus decried what he described as selective witchunt of PDP chieftains, who served in the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, stressing that anti-corruption crusade should not be selective and only against PDP members.
The party noted that though it was in support of the anti-corruption posture of President Muhammadu Buhari, “it should not be made as if All Progressives Congress, APC, members that served in the last administration were all clean.”
He said, if the anti-corruption war was not a witch-hunt, there was no reason why President Buhari should not send the EFCC after Tinubu and Amaechi since petitions of alleged financial misdeeds against the duo were viral in the media.
Prince Secondus maintained that using security agencies to hound only PDP chieftains defeated democratic tenets and the spirit of anti-corruption.
Secondus also urged the PDP members nationwide not to be cowed but to remain committed to playing opposition politics.
Said Secondus: “Statistics show clearly that EFCC have only arrested members of our party who served in the previous government, but there are APC members, governors, who served in the same regime and have been left alone. We believe anti corruption crusades cannot be one-sided.
“Are the members of the APC who served in the last government given a clean bill of health ‎even though we have seen petitions against these former government holders of the APC extraction.
Secondus also denied allegations that members of the NWC squandered N12 billion, saying that part of the money was shared to the local government, state and zonal chapters of the party while the balance was used for the last general election.
“We did not open any private account. From sales of forms, we raised a little over N11 billion to be shared among the national, states and zones. We gave state chapters 10 per cent; local government and zones 5 per cent each. 15 percent for people on assignment, while the rest was used for election. We raised the money and we used the money for election, there was no embezzlement or fraud.”


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