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Emefiele cleaning up your mess, group replies PDP

By Guardian Nigeria
17 May 2022   |   3:05 am
Centre for Integrity and Good Governance (CIGG) has flayed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for asking the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to resign for alleged partisanship.
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Central Bank of Nigeria governor Godwin Emefiele PHOTO: /TWITTER/GOVWIKE

Centre for Integrity and Good Governance (CIGG) has flayed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for asking the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to resign for alleged partisanship.

The main opposition party, had in a press statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, accused Emefiele of “massive looting, manipulations and doctoring of the books as part of the corruption that has dogged the President Muhammadu Buhari government.”

But CIGG, in another statement by its convener, Waheed Aderibigbe and co-convener, Obinna Ukariaku, dismissed the PDP as a “bad loser and a party that thrives in habitual nagging and sour grape.”

The release reads inter alia: “We acknowledge the constitutional right of the PDP to pass comment and hold opinion on any issue, including the case of Dr. Godwin Emefiele and the CBN. We commend the PDP for voicing out its frustrations, but we are aghast that a party like the PDP, famed and notorious for primitive looting of the Nigerian treasury, is the one tagging the Buhari government and Emefiele as corrupt.

“While we do not hold brief for the APC government or Emefiele, as they can adequately speak for themselves, we are bemused by the brazen boldness of the PDP to tag any government or person in Nigeria as corrupt. We would like to place on record that if any person or group of persons should be investigated, prosecuted and possibly convicted, it is the PDP and its members, the party that institutionalised corruption in Nigeria during its 16 years of leadership.

“Need we remind the PDP that the worst form of corruption happened during its 16 years of misgovernance, namely budget padding, contract value inflation, bribery of National Assembly members (with evidence of raw cash in naira displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives) and other forms of bribery, certificate falsification, mindless looting of state treasuries by PDP governors with some convicted and jailed abroad.”

It further alleged: “Under the PDP, funds meant for the purchase of arms and ammunition to contain insurgency were diverted and shamelessly shared by state actors and party men.”

Under the PDP, crude oil sold for over $100 per barrel, yet the money was looted by party men and women and their cohorts with nothing to show for it in terms of infrastructure development, healthcare delivery or educational advancement.

“We hereby remind the PDP how it spent N2.2 billion on prayer alone for the defeat of insurgency, according to EFCC investigating officer, Adariko Michael, who was testifying in November 2021in the case of former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), now known as Dasukigate. Such scandalous, albeit ridiculous, claim of spending billions of naira for prayer can only come from a shameless party like the PDP.”