By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization, PPCO, Monday chided President Muhammadu Buhari for naming “persons with corruption cases,” in his 2019 Presidential campaign organisation.
The council also challenged the President to demonstrate his much-touted integrity by handing over the list of his campaign council members to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for investigation.
The party noted that “unlike the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, which has no person with corruption case as member, the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council is a looters list and a catalogue of ‘who is who’ in corruption.”
A statement issued by the council’s Director of Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan read in part: “The PPCO notes that the fact that President Buhari selected inaugurated and sits as the chairman of the council, with persons with corruption cases, shows that he approves and perhaps have hugely benefited from the corrupt practices for which they were indicted.
“|There are already allegations that such individuals are being spared because part of their loots have been diverted to fund President Buhari’s re-election bid.
“This development justifies the opinion held by most Nigerians that President Buhari is not fighting corruption and that his much-hyped anti-corruption crusade is just an oppressive scheme against the opposition.
“We invite Nigerians to note that the Director General of the Campaign Council (Rotimi Amaechi) and majority of the zonal coordinators are individuals with alleged cases of corruption.
“Moreover, not only that President Buhari himself now have huge corruption allegations hanging directly on his neck, particularly the over N11 trillion stolen from the Petroleum sector as well as the 9mobile and Keystone bank saga, the All Progressives Congress, APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is also facing corruption allegations.”
President Buhari yesterday named APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as head of his campaign team, saying the move is to enable him face governance squarely.