The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that his ministers are being accused of corruption without evidence, insisting that some of the minsters are actually corrupt.
President Buhari last week decried the attempt to paint his ministers and other top officials of his government as corrupt, saying none of those accused of corruption had any case in court before they were appointed.
But the Lagos PDP yesterday, disagreed with the president.
According to the party, President Buhari was obviously shielding some of his ‘corrupt’ ministers because of their financial contributions to his election.
The opposition party accused the president himself, of only pretending to be corruption-free, stating that he should make himself available for live question and answer, if indeed he was very confident that none of his minister are corrupt.
The PDP specifically mentioned the Minster of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; his Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, and that of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, of having corruption allegations hanging on their necks.
Fashola, Amaechi and Ngige were former governors of Lagos, Rivers and Anambra respectively.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Taofiq Gani, the PDP said, “These are in the public glare and we are surprised that the president exhibits volte-face on these matters.
“For instance, Fashola has many corruption petitions against him during and after his tenure as governor of Lagos State.
“Groups such as True Face of Lagos, CACOL and individuals have their petitions unattended to by the authorities”.
“The reported outcome of enquiry, which indicted Rotimi Amaechi, of unaccounted sum of N3 trillion, when he was governor of Rivers State, is lying unattended to by the authorities and Chris Ngige’s self-confession, about his practice at the Okija shrine, is still fresh.
“It is our further assertion that the financial contributions of these particular ministers account for why President Buhari continues to harbour them”, the statement added.
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