The All Progressives Congress (APC) over the weekend told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to provide evidence of the corruption allegations it made against its members.
The APC National Auditor, George Moghalu gave the charge in Abuja in an interview with some reporters.
Moghalu, who was responding to PDP corruption allegations against APC chieftains, stated that the President’s template against corruption does not exclude anybody but that PDP should provide evidence that APC chieftains are corrupt.
The PDP last week called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, his Rivers State counterpart, Chibuike Amaechi and other Chieftains of APC. According to PDP, this would be the only way the present administration corruption probe would have integrity.
But Moghalu dismissed the position of the PDP, describing as a drowning man.
In his reaction, he said: “One thing you must know about a sinking man is that he holds any straw. Any man that is sinking holds any straw. If there are people EFCC or the government anti-corruption mechinaries have identified that had infractions while they were in the office, while are they trying to miss it up.
The people you mentioned if there are things against them the EFCC is at liberty also to invite them and ask questions.
“Buhari has set a template on how the operatives should handle such matters or are they saying that EFCC will just go and arrest anybody because he is an APC member or you think by your own assessment he is corrupt – what evidences do you have.
You just think that as a former governor and as somebody who played a key role in frustrating you effort to remain in power he should be arrest for corruption.
“They are looking probable for how to extract a pound of flesh from these people. Buhari has said he was going to fight corruption headlong and he makes no pretense about it. So, if anybody has any evidence against anybody like they mentioned, while don’t they take up the issue with the investigating authority.”
Also, the National Auditor dismissed the allegations that the ministerial list sent to the President earlier did not scale through the security checks.
According to him, these were mere speculations in the social media and cannot be said to be true.
He advised Nigerians to be patient with the President as those that would be Ministers would be Nigerians.
“So at the right time Nigerians would know the people. They would not come from the moon, therefore l don’t understand the hurry, l don’t understand the desperation. The man has said gradually, we are slow we are steady, we have a target of where we are going to and l am sure there are scale for measuring who and who he wants and that should be left to him,” he said.
On the allegations of marginalisation, the APC national auditor stated that the manifesto of the party does not provide for marginalisation, therefore that every zone would benefit from the government of APC.