Friday, 7 March 2014
APC leader got N84billion contract under ex-CBN Gov Sanusi – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that an unnamed leader of the All Progressives Congress got a contract of N84bn from the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi.
The party said this was one of the reasons why the opposition party was pained when President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the CBN governor.
Apart from this, the party also alleged that another leader of the APC got another N5bn consultancy contract while Sanusi was in office.
The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Chief Olisa Metuh (pictured above), made the allegation at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Metuh was commenting on the unveiling of the APC manifesto, which he said lacked character.
He said, “The spirited defence for the suspended Central Bank Governor mounted by the APC was because the leaders of the party benefitted immensely from Sanusi.
“A fraudulent N84bn contract was awarded to a leader of the party while another N5bn was paid to another stalwart of the party as consultancy fee.”
Metuh refused to give the names or the details of the contracts.
When asked for reaction, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, promised to react “soon.”
He said he was attending a summit in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Metuh has described the manifesto which was released on Thursday as a product of what he called “Janjaweed ideology.”
He also described the manifesto as a roadmap to anarchy which he said was typical of all anti-democratic coalitions and claimed that the manifesto lacked character, depth and that it completely addressed no issue.
Metuh said the manifesto ranked security of lives and property low and that it gave no clue as to its preparedness to tackle terrorism.
He added that the manifesto was a tacit acknowledgment that the APC might be benefiting from the mayhem and knew more than meet the eyes about the spate of terror attacks in the country.
He said, “When last year in its first official outing, the leaders of the APC said terrorism in Nigeria would disappear within 100 days of APC leadership, Nigerians did ask if they knew the characters in the crime and their sponsors. APC gave silence as an answer while Nigerians kept wondering.
“Today, the party has released its manifesto with loud silence on the matter so that Nigerians would not raise further questions on the face behind the terrorism mask.”
On job creation and war against corruption which the APC projected as cardinal on its manifesto, Metuh said the APC had no credible recipe for job creation nor had it shown the strength of character to fight corruption more than the PDP.
He said, “The PDP created anti-corruption agencies – the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and established the Freedom of Information Act to further give teeth to the war on graft.
“The PDP-led Federal Government has also shown no preferences in its battle against corruption as senior party leaders as well as relations have at one time or another been made to face the law on charges of corruption.”