The ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) and the opposition counterpart, the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) have been clawing at each other with accusatory narratives of corruption. They seem set to clear themselves out of the political space via a Mutually Assured Destruction, (MAD) strategy. That would be great because then the country could breathe properly. Nevertheless, it is important to sift what exactly they might be saying, how different each party’s lens is from the other and what the exchange suggests to Nigerians and the world about what might be the next level in the politics of anti-corruption!
From the APC Side:
“The PDP has challenged us to name the looters under their watch. They said they did not loot the treasury. Well, I am sure they know that the treasury was looted dry under their watch. Yet they decided to grandstand. This shows the hollowness of their apology.
…We insist that Nigeria was looted blind under the watch of the PDP and that the starting point in tendering an apology is for them to return the loot.
…We will not stop talking about the massive looting by the PDP. They brought Nigeria to this sorry pass. We are now looking around for loans to build infrastructure, and they ask us not to talk about it. We will talk about it.
… “They are in court and the records are available. Some of the people on this list are seeking to plea bargain, and that is a fact”
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Information Minister in the Buhari regime speaking for both the party and the government
From the PDP Side:
“Is he truly a pastor? A pastor does not go about playing to the gallery and defending falsehood. Isn’t it a disgrace for a pastor of the Redeemed Church in particular to be an agent of falsehood?.
…If the Vice President can look around himself with honest eyes, he will see majority of those who called the shots during the previous PDP governments that he claimed mismanaged the country’s resources holding sensitive positions in the present government. Today, even prosecution witnesses are suddenly disappearing in corruption cases involving those who have decamped to the APC and properties once seized are being returned to them. Obviously, PDP has purged itself of corrupt elements in its fold and offloaded them to the APC.”
Governor Ayo Fayose intervening for his party, the PDP