Aniti-Corruption: Buhari, Ribadu Hypocritical, Says Omeri
SAN FRANCISCO, March 19, (THEWILL) - The Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the anti-corruption posturing of the presidential candidates of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as hypocritical, fake and self- serving.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Research and Strategy of the PCC, Mike Omeri said that the antecedents of these self-acclaimed anti-corruption ‘stars’ prove to be the contrary.
The statement noted that in 1984 General Buhari exhibited double standard in public administration by allowing in 52 suit cases suspected to be filled with hard currency through his ADC without passing through the customs check point for the mandatory custom clearance.
It contended that this was a clear case of money laundering and we wonder what moral right such a candidate has to talk about anti- corruption.
The statement stated further that the case of Nuhu Ribadu the erstwhile Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is more shocking. In 2007 while answering questions from the Senate on the alleged corruption of some governors, Ribadu pointedly said that the corruption of the former governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Tinubu was “of international dimension.”
Is it not curious that the same person with such a tag is now the political godfather of Ribadu and sole financier of his political campaigns?
To also show Ribadu’s lack of faith in the anti-corruption fight, he recently said and we quote: “I won’t bother myself with the integrity of politicians that will fund my campaign. I will take corrupt politicians money for my campaign as far as the money is not put in my pocket.”
What kind of role model is Ribadu and how can Nigerians believe him if he says that he will jail corrupt politicians if he emerges as the country’s president?
Ribadu by such posturing has given Tinubu a clean bill of health, which is not only hypocritical but evidence that given the same opportunity, he (Ribadu), would not have done better than the governors whom he had indicted.