Amid claims by the opposition that members of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, are carrying themselves like saints, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that is not true.
The Speaker, who defended the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, also explained why casualties of the ‘war’ are mostly from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Dogara told journalists in Lagos at the weekend that the reason why many APC members are not casualties of the anti-graft campaign was because they did not have the opportunity of being in government.
“If we are talking about corruption, naturally it will relate to those that had opportunity to serve in government”, he said.
According to the Speaker, PDP had been in power for 16 years, therefore, it is only logical that when the anti-graft agencies go after those that had opportunity to serve to give account of their tenures, “those that would have tendencies to engage in pilfering of resources, majority will come from PDP, except we are not been realistic”.
“Though we can’t claim that all the members of APC are saints, you pointed out that APC spent money in the course of the campaign, but where did this money come from? As it is, we haven’t really had any facts about government officials forwarding money to the cause of the campaign. Majority of the money that was stolen was channeled towards the PDP campaign”, he added.
Dogara also said: “You know that this arms purchase monies, for instance, virtually everything was given for the prosecution of PDP campaign. I do not think a dime went to any member of the APC; we were all in government then. I can’t remember a discussion like that then, but I knew when some of the funds were been given to some of our friends as well, but I believe that no one that is of APC stock was given that money. The whole thing was scripted”.