Monday, 4 September 2017

Makarfi faults APC’s anti-graft war

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has faulted the anti-corruption crusade of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying there are enough proofs that the war has failed.

Makarfi told some journalists in Kaduna yesterday that Nigerians would be able to assess the anti-corruption crusade under President Buhari better after the end of his tenure.

He alleged that there is enough proof that under the present government, the country is still entangled in corruption. According to him, “we will be able to assess APC government when they leave office. By 2019 when we take over, we are not going to be vindictive but the truth would prevail. Who told you there are no petitions against them as they are in office right now?

“When they leave office, we will see what will come up, we will know whether corruption is something limited to one political party. We are not doing justice to the fight against corruption when we try to politicise it.’’

Highlighting how the anti-graft war is being prosecuted by the Buhari administration, the PDP boss said, “take a look at the private sector, those the EFCC has charged to court, no politician has been tried or taken to court for anything near that.

“Go to the private sector and the public service, even some of the security agencies, but if you try to just narrow corruption to only politicians from the opposition parties, we are undermining the fight.’’

On why the Senate committee he headed while in the Senate cleared former Petroleum Minister, Deziani Alison-Madueke, Makarfi explained: “We did not investigate her, we investigated NNPC and the proceeds of sale of crude that NNPC was supposed to have remitted to the federation account and for the period of either 15 or 16 months, a limited period of time.

“Our report made it clear. There are several aspects under her ministry that we did not look into, because we were not mandated to look into them. But still, within the area we investigated, our report was clear that over a billion was not accounted for. Our report was clear, it is a matter to do with NNPC and we said that every cent should be accounted for and should be a continuous process.”

And alarmed by the allegations of corruption against former Petroleum Minister, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) yesterday, urged the Federal Government to seek an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring her before the court.

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