The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tackled the Presidency over the memo by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, accusing the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, of financial scam.
The party said the memo further exposed the corruption, deception and hypocrisy in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described as national embarrassment for the head of anti-corruption agency in an administration that prides itself on zero tolerance for corruption, to be accused of diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the agency.
“Malami’s memo has also exposed the credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption architecture, rubbished his standing as Africa Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Champion and shattered our national integrity in the international arena,” the statement added.
PDP said the much hyped anti-corruption fight of the Buhari administration was nothing but a “fraud and a racket by certain persons in the APC administration to harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians and steal public funds.
“Nigerians and the world have further seen why corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration, as copiously documented by credible international organization, including the Transparency International (TI).”
The party said it has lost confidence in President Buhari’s capacity to fight corruption, adding that he has not demonstrated any effort against corruption since he came into office in 2015.
“Instead, Mr. President had continued to run a system that condones corrupt practices by officials of his administration while providing cover for individuals indicted for corruption including those who are now serving as cabinet ministers and other federal appointees in his government,” PDP added.
According to the party, despite his rejection by the Senate over reports by the Department of State Services (DSS), which raised certain integrity issues against him, President Buhari had insisted on Magu as the EFCC Chairman.
It recalled that the DSS report, which was read out on the floor of the Senate, allegedly stated that the EFCC Chairman failed the integrity test and would constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the government.