The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has said the Presidency and All Progressives Congress, APC, have failed in their bid to use the looters’ lists released by Alhaji Lai Mohammed to divert public attention from their misrule, incompetence, numerous scandals and overall failure in governance.
The PDP alleged the whole purpose if the looters’ list was to draw away attention of international and national discourse from the bad governance of the Federal Government.
The party, through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement yesterday that Nigerians have now seen that Federal Government has no case against it, noting that the lists only had individuals who were not indicted or convicted for corruption, some of who were not even members of the party.
The statement read: “It is now a notorious fact that the whole essence of the flimsy and contemptible lists was to cause public misperception, change the topic and divert international and national discourse from various serious issues, including the parlous state of the nation’s economy caused by President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule, for which Nigerians are now resorting to vices, including slavery and suicide as options.”
PDP’s statement came after former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North), challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to provide evidence linking her with his allegations that she looted N9.8 billion.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Senator Oduah, alleged Lai Mohammed came up with such a list with her inclusion to win a quarrel, saying the allegation involving the said sum was not only untrue but also laughable.
The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to the list of looters released by Lai Mohammed in which, by treachery or by happenstance, my name featured.
“It is worrisome how a serving Minister could condescend so low in what appeared like a childish altercation to start mentioning names of his alleged looters without verified or verifiable facts, to win what he considered a quarrel.
“I would have simply ignored him since his notoriety in making false and laughable statements has gained prominence in recent times.
“Often times, I ignore them believing the orchestrators would repent after several failed outings. Mis-using the media and misleading the society through the media at the expense of innocent citizens in order to win a medal is unfortunate and most irresponsible. Governance is not warfare. Calumny is evil.
“I challenge Lai Mohammed to provide evidence linking me with his wild allegations. I have been waiting for that evidence and I am yet to see any.”