President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive may have gained more popularity in the camp of Nigeria’s main opposition party. This is because the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), today, has revealed its willingness to support the administration’s fight against graft.
The party also said, it did not ask any of its public officers in the last administration to take money. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, made the commitment a monitored radio program aired on a Federal radio station.
Metuh said his party believes in the sincerity of Mr. President in addressing problems of insecurity, corruption and the economy.
“On security, we believe that this President should be serious. We give it to him that he is serious, being a General and the President and an expert in the management of crisis, we give it to him that he is serious about addressing the security challenges,” Metuh said, adding that, “We believe that he is sincere as well. We want to give it to him that he is sincere in handling it. We don’t want to raise the fact that when he took over, the last administration had driven back the insurgents and there were no bombing.”
On national security issues, he said, “We don’t want to go into the issue of security. We are presenting a more robust opposition to this government. That is why the improvement in the system we have now is because we have a responsible opposition that is not distracting the government from governance.”
On the President’s sincerity, the PDP’s Publicity Secretary said, “We believe that the President is sincere in trying to do something about the economy. But is he serious about it? We don’t believe so because we have not seen any seriousness on the part of the present administration.
“When you want to be serious, you should have an economic team. You should have people that advice you and a road map. There is absolutely no policy or programme that we have seen from this government that shows they are ready for governance except saying PDP is corrupt, N2 trillion is missing here and N500million is missing there.
“A lot of people know why we lost the election and we know why we lost the election too. So, we don’t want to go in there. My advice to the government and the APC is that politics has ended and it is time for governance. We have ceded the seat and this is the time for APC to show Nigerians that change mantra that they campaigned with. We are not contesting this thing, but they think they are still in opposition.”