The deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, on Tuesday took swipe at Federal government for excluding the names of party members, who have also been alleged of looting nation’s treasury in its recently released looters’ list.
He also challenged the Federal Government “to publish the names of those who have returned money and how much it has been recovered for the sake of transparency in the fight against corruption.”
Frank, who stated this in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, wondered why the names some APC stalwarts that have also been accused of corruption did not appear in the list.
“We should not make the fight against corruption one-sided, political or sentimental. Until Nigerians could see the names of some serving government officials and other APC members who have been accused of corruption in the so call looters’ list, it might just be an exercise for propaganda which Nigerians will never take serious.
“Let it not be that once someone join APC, his or her sins have been forgiven. There are many accused people in APC today who were in PDP yesterday, how come their names are not on this list?
“The list in its entirety as released by the Minister of Information and Culture, smacks clearly as an opposition party list and as such exonerates corrupt officials in the ruling party, which paints the corruption fight as purely selective.
“Several PDP Governors and stalwarts who had decamped to the ruling party, even after being accused have been left off the hook, thereby undermining the entire anti corruption fight as evident in the public domain,” he said.
The Bayelsa-born politician who commended the anti-corruption led by President Buhari, reminded the government that Federal High Court had given it permission to forge ahead sometime ago in publishing those names and the amount recovered so far.
According to him, “While I commend the fight against corruption and the vigor of our party, we must not forget that ‘he who comes to equity, must come with clean hands.’
“For APC government to be taken serious in this war against corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari must emulate the likes of President John Magufuli of Tanzania, who started fighting corruption with members of his party and cabinet who have been indicted of corruption.”
He further noted that not publishing such vital information will amount to keeping Nigerians in the dark, adding that it is ‘unwise’ for present government if people are not made to know how much has been recovered since the current administration emerged.
Frank, however, demanded total transparency in the whole thing, urging Nigerian government to remember the promised the ruling party made during campaign in 2015.
“So until government boldly make it known to Nigerians how much has been recovered as claimed, the world might not take the fight against corruption serious. I believe this corruption fight must not be partisan because we are all Nigerians first before political party, therefore we must treat everybody fairly irrespective of political affiliation.”