The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is will not apologise for the dimension of the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The National chairman of APC, Chief John-Odigie Oyegun said this late Monday night while addressing State House correspondents after a two-hour closed-door meeting the National Working Committee of the party held with Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
The APC-led federal government’s anti-corruption war has been described as lopsided and only targeted at members of the opposition.
Reacting to the claims, Mr. Oyegun said no matter whom corruption suspects were, President Buhari had to fulfill the APC promise to cleanse the country of the rot that had been in the system in the last 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government.
According to the APC chairman, though majority of the suspects are from one political party, the anti-corruption crusade cannot be said to be a witch-hunt.
“The APC is not in any way apologetic. We promised change, and there is a lot of rot in the system. This must be cleansed no matter whose ox is being gored. Wherever the tree is going to fall, let it be. We must get used to the fact that in the process of cleansing this nation, there is going to be a lot of bullet to bite.
“The APC has not been in office at national level in the last 10, 16 years.
“So, the issue of whether somebody is PDP or not PDP does not arise. We have a nation to cleanse. The president has committed himself to that, and we should take it whatever way it comes. We’re not being apologetic about that at all. It has nothing to do with witch hunting. It just happened that the dramatist personal of the period all happened to be on one side of the political divide”, he said.
On allegations by the PDP that the anti-corruption war is a ruse aimed at decimating the opposition and turning the country into a one-party state, Oyegun said the APC needed a vibrant opposition and as such had “absolutely no intention to pressurise any group or the nation towards a one party state”.
“It is not in our interest so to do because we need a vibrant opposition. We need an opposition that will contribute constructively to national discourse that will make us sit up and deliver to the people what we promised. But the task is enormous, and if anybody is ready to help to discharge these responsibilities, he is most welcomed”, he stressed.
Speaking on their mission at the Presidential Villa, Oyegun said the party leaders came to inform Buhari about the challenges facing the APC while he, in turn, briefed them on the state of the nation.