The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption is driven by political will.
Owasanoye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday: “The government has been able to fight corruption to the present level notwithstanding the uphill task, cynicism and resistance by the opposition.
“The government has been focused, and the highest and the best part of it is the level of political will.”
He noted that with the present administration, there was no more record of “grand corruption” as there was during the 16 year-rule of the opposition.
“Before now, people just take and move on, but not now. Previous governments did not prioritise corruption and anything that a government priorities as its programmes is what the media and the public talk about.
“So, it doesn’t necessarily mean that corruption is on the increase presently.
“Under Buhari’s government, there is a lot more discussion about corruption going on, the anti-corruption agencies and the activities they carry out are all geared towards finding lasting solution to the menace.
“If you are leading an anti-corruption effort, if you have a leadership that voices it, and stands firm on that matter, it encourages you.
“However, I am not saying everything is hundred per cent perfect,” Owasanoye said.
The ICPC chairman debunked the notion that the federal government was favouring persons that defected to the ruling party, saying that was untrue.
“This government has been criticised that when people jump from one party to the ruling party, then they are clean, but that is not true.
“A number of the major convictions that have been done under this government have been of ruling party members.
“But people just ignore that, they refuse to admit it. Some of the people who are being prosecuted are APC members.
“People still float this narrative. Indeed no single major PDP person has been convicted yet. But yet this narrative is promoted,” he said.
The chairman, however, said that there was still more to be done to tackle the menace.
“If we don’t deal with corruption, we are going the wrong way. There is no way we can make progress with corruption,” he said.
He said that a very good economic climate and structure would help deal with corruption to the barest minimum.
How Obaseki Paid ₦15 Billion To PDP For Guber Ticket — Ize-Iyamu
The All Progressives Congress (APC), gubernatorial candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has accused the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki of bribing his way to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the upcoming poll.
Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki paid the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ₦15 billion to emerge as its governorship candidate.
He made the allegation in a statement signed by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications.
The APC governorship candidate charged the state governor to explain to people of the state how he came about such a huge fund.
He also expressed optimism that he would defeat Obaseki at the poll on September 19.
“He is also yet to explain to the people of Edo State where he got the 15 billion Naira he paid the PDP tax-collectors to facilitate his imposition as the party’s emergency-hour candidate.”
“It is no surprise, given the nature of Obaseki’s administration and sharp practices of both governor and appointees that such an agency is missing in Edo State.”
Obaseki had emerged as PDP’s governorship candidate in Edo State after all aspirants stepped down for him.
Ondo APC Chairman Resigns, Dumps Party For PDP
The Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, resigned from his position as chairman yesterday July 10 and as well dumped the party for PDP.
This is coming about nearly two weeks away from the APC’s governorship primaries in the state.
The former chairman who tendered his resignation letter at the party’s secretariat, also revealed that he has decamped to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
It has been gathered that he is a close ally of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently dumped APC for PDP.
The ex chairman is at loggerheads with the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and has indicated interest to run against him in October.
“Igbo People Are Happy With Buhari, Will Continue To Support Him” — Arthur Eze
Billionaire oil magnate, Arthur Eze says Igbo people are happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and will continue to support his administration.
The notable philanthropist stated this on Wednesday at the inauguration of Zone 13 Nigeria Police Headquarters at Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.
A visibly-elated Eze expressed delight that his hometown was chosen as the site for the police zonal headquarters, thanking the president and the police authorities.
“He is currently rehabilitating the Enugu-Onitsha highway, constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge and has approved this new police zone 13 for our people,” said Mr Eze, an indigene of Ukpo.
“We cannot thank him enough, and as a leader from the zone, I must say that we the Igbo people are happy with President Buhari and will continue to support his people-oriented programmes,’’ Eze said.
He later handed over the key of the complex to a representative of the Inspector-General of Police, saying that policemen deployed to the zone would have a fruitful working experience.
The newly-established Zone 13 is expected to cover three South-Eastern states – Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra.
While Ebonyi was previously under Zone 6 headquartered in Calabar, Enugu and Anambra were under Zone 9 with headquarters in Umuahia.
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