The All Progressives Congress on Monday said it is not true that President Muhammadu Buhari was witch-hunting members of the People Democratic Party administration being investigated by the country’s anti-corruption agencies.
The APC, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, also said it is wrong for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to accuse the APC-led Federal Government of unleashing the agencies against the opposition.
The PDP had after a meeting, held last Thursday, accused President Buhari of going after its members in his current anti-corruption fight.
Also, the spokesperson of the party, Olisa Metuh, while reacting to the recent arrest of ex Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said the federal government was going after PDP leaders.
Mr. Mohammed dismissed the allegation by the PDP, calling it a worn-out argument.
”The ceaseless cry of selective anti-corruption battle is a bogey invented by the PDP to intimidate the anti-corruption agencies, and it will not work. It is the PDP’s strategy to stifle the fight against corruption.
”How can the PDP claim to support the anti-graft battle when every time any of its members is called in for questioning, it runs to the media to shout that the battle is ‘selective’? Is it possible that anyone who is invited for questioning will not belong to a party, an ethnic group or a certain faith?” APC asked.
The party also said the anti-corruption agencies had a duty to investigate petitions sent to them, irrespective of who is involved, but noted that invitation for questioning was not the same as conviction.
”Those who have nothing to fear must be willing to clear their names by honoring any invitation, and only the guilty needs be afraid.
“The PDP must stop being hysterical over such invitations which are not going to stop simply because the opposition has called a press conference to cry wolf where there is none,” the party said.