A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has described as a circus show the uncovering of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners.
This was contained in a statement by the National Publicity of the sacked National Caretaker Committee of the party, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, and made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday.
The faction stated, “The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000, purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The government is at a crossroad as the whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who own the money because undeniable evidence links the money to the proceeds from the sale of turbines by the former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
“It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015.”
On government’s war on corruption, he said the policy had also failed, alleging that it was designed to punish and humiliate members of the PDP alone.
He said this was why many of such cases had been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others remained in the custody of both the EFCC and the Department of State Services without trial.
He said, “Nigerians may also recall the several allegations of corruption made against prominent APC members that the anti-graft agency has not attended to.
“The Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has been rejected twice by the Nigerian Senate because of damning corruption allegations against him made by another agency of government.
“The same with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, and a host of other government officials against whom very serious allegations have been made.
“None of them has been subjected to the usual interrogations and investigation.”
He said the claim by the Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency that the agency owns the money “found” in a private residence was another bad comedy by the APC administration.
The faction said it was astonished at Buhari’s claim that he had met the expectations of Nigerians, stating that what was on the ground did not tally with the President’s claim.
It argued that the claim of victory over Boko Haram by the Buhari regime was also not true.
Adeyeye said the government was merely using the arms which he said were bought by the regime of the late Umaru Yar’Adua and Jonathan for the counter-insurgency operations.
He said, “The Jonathan administration set out to rebuild the region by establishing the Presidential Initiative for the North-East.
“This initiative covered all sectors in the rehabilitation efforts for the zone with comprehensive project cost and partnership.
“This project was later inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians will note how PINE under the APC’s watch has fared.
“It has been a monumental disaster with allegations of contract awards to ghost companies and grass-cutters while the IDPs endure daily hardship and starvation.
“Tragically, we have yet to see the outcome of the investigation into the Nigerian fighter jet that bombed the IDP camp in Borno State killing more than 200 persons.”
Adeyeye, a former Minister of State for Works, claimed that the PDP defeated Boko Haram before it handed over power in 2015, adding that it also reduced kidnapping and other anti-social vices in the country and there was peace in Nigeria as of May 2015.
He lamented that the country was also facing another menace of insecurity in the name of herdsmen, which he said were attacking and displacing communities across the country.
“Suicide is also gradually becoming a household name in Nigeria as citizens, who cannot cope with the current harsh economic conditions have resorted to taking their own lives,” he added.