By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—Ahead of 2019 general elections, All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked Nigerians to ensure the country was never again handed over to people who will loot its treasury, while also tasking Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other anti-graft agencies to be more aggressive in the war against graft.
This is even as 14 civil society organisations, CSOs, yesterday, charged anti-graft agencies in the country to intensify the fight against corruption.
The party gave the charge, yesterday, in Abuja in a statement by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.
APC noted that fighting corruption was one of the key election promises it made to Nigerians and remained solidly committed and determined to achieve it.
The party stated: “Our call to anti-graft agencies is imperative as we prepare for the 2019 general elections. We must check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in this country.
“Again, it is important that the Nigerian electorate have the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and corruption test.
‘’We must ensure that we never again entrust the leadership of this great country to gang of thieves whose sole aim is treasury looting as brazenly displayed in past Peoples Democratic Party PDP administrations.
14 Civil Society Organisations CSOs
Meanwhile, no fewer than 14 Civil Society Organisations CSOs, have condemned last week’s siege to the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the government’s growing intolerance of the press.
At a state of the nation media parley in Abuja, yesterday, the CSOs also lamented what they described as the current laxity in the Federal Government’s onslaught against corruption.
The groups, including Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC; Partners for Electoral Reform, The Say ‘No’ Campaign, Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, among others, said: “While we have noted some progress in the fight against corruption, we are disturbed that the fight has taken a back seat in recent months.
‘’The failure of the National Assembly to confirm appointees to head strategic anti-corruption agencies in the last three years is a sign that they have been positioning themselves in the fight of corruption fighting back.”