Sambo’s house raid: PDP, APC exchange words on anti-graft war

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress, on Monday, engaged in a war of words over the search of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo’s residence in Kaduna by security agencies.

The PDP believed the ongoing war against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would fail.

It said the way the anti-graft programme was being carried out indicated that it was not designed to be successful.

The Publicity Secretary of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye. He said there was no way the programme would succeed when it was apparent that not every Nigerian was being dealt with in the same measure.

The former minister alleged that the partiality in the implementation of the programme was also responsible for the loss of many cases instituted against individuals on charges of corruption in different courts.

Adeyeye, a former Minister of State for Works, wondered why the Buhari government had also refused to either probe or charge to court members of the PDP who had defected to the ruling APC.

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The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja on Monday.

“You cannot accuse people who were not in government of corruption. Naturally, it is people who were in government that could be accused of corruption.

“When people are accused of corruption, they are not simply thrown into jail; you will still undergo trial. If they are found not guilty, they don’t need to be afraid, because all this anti-corruption fight is still taking place within the provisions of the law.”

“If Makarfi or any other person knows of any APC member who was in the PDP government and was undergoing trial and he was left alone because he became an APC member, they should let us know. If the party they belong to has a higher tolerance for corruption, we don’t.”

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