Wike says APC-led FG’s anti-corruption war ridicules Nigeria


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said the corruption fight of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government was shrouded in despicable politics that put Nigeria up for ridicule in the international community.

Governor Wike made the observation on Saturday when he visited Niger State as part of his ongoing consultation with delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor said it was difficult to explain the rationale of the APC-led Federal Government in handpicking supposed corrupt persons, make them to go through court processes up to Supreme Court and then turn around to release them in the guise of a pardon.

He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to Nigerians was to fight corruption forthrightly, but the pattern was now obvious that it was tilted against those who were opposed to his policy and programmes.

“To tell you the truth, this APC government has deceived us a lot. This is a government that said they’re fighting corruption, they handpicked people and jailed them after they had gone through all court processes up to Supreme Court, then they turned around to release from prison those people that they said are corrupt. What a country is this, what a government is this?

“Doing it for political reasons because the elections are coming and they want (Joshua) Dariye to help their party in Plateau State. They want (Jolly) Nyame to help them in Taraba State. Why don’t they give pardon to James Ibori for example.

“Look at how they have made the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to prosecute and spend so much money. Then at the end of the day you played politics with it. How will the international community look at us? It’s so shameful.”
Governor Wike told the delegates that he is resolved to end the era of lies by the APC to Nigerians, which is why he is soliciting for the ticket to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 presidential election.”

He assured Nigerians of tackling the festering insecurity in parts of the country so that farmers could return to the farms and grow the economy.

“The day you give me the ticket is the day we will start to form the government, because by giving me the ticket, I know I’ve won the election already.

“It is only when you’ve given me the ticket that I’ll make sure that I present, put together the best of professionals that will help me to run the affairs of this country.

“Leadership is the ability to organise and galvanised experts to do the work under adequate supervision and coordination.”

Speaking further, Governor Wike said what he had done in Rivers State was towering evidence of what he was prepared to do as president of Nigeria if given the opportunity to serve.

He explained that he was a performer, a courageous person and Nigeria needed his fearless personality to salvage the country.

Former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana urged the delegates to support Governor Wike’s ambition because he had the capacity to end insecurity and the country’s infrastructure deficit.

“Nigerians, if you want a decisive answer to this insecurity in Nigeria, then tell the PDP to wisely give you Wike as candidate so he will become president of Nigeria, because I know Wike will preside very well.”

A member of the PDP board of trustee, Senator Zainab Kure, said Governor Wike was gender friendly and passionate about the party.

Niger state PDP chairman, Tanko Beji, observed that the issues raised by Governor Wike while addressing delegates were germane.

Beji, who described the forthcoming PDP convention as do or mar, said PDP must not make the mistake of giving its ticket to someone who would end up being a sectional president.

“This party belongs to all of us. We need to put our resources and energies together to work for this party. We want a Nigerian president, not a southern president. We want a Nigerian president, not a northern president. This is the focus. Gone are the days that we will be deceived. We can no longer be deceived. We have come a long way. We have suffered enough, we don’t want to suffer again.”

He commended Governor Wike for his commitment to the PDP and urged him to ensure that the party’s reward system was overhauled.

Read him: “If you become president and by the will of God, you will, there is a need for you to give the party and the country a redirection. There is a need for you to change the reward system in the party. Gone are the days when somebody will put in his effort, put in his cash, put in his energy, when we form government you put him behind, that is not party politics”

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