The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday called on the African Union (AU) to withdraw President Muhammadu Buhari’s title of anti-corruption champion which it recently conferred on him.
This comes after the damning report by Transparency International (TI) showing corruption has actually worsened under the present administration.
Reacting to the report, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday, said the former ruling party had been vindicated by the report.
Stressing that there was “massive corruption” going on under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led government, the PDP challenged President Buhari and the APC to speak out on the TI report.
”By this new TI report, the African Union (AU) must have now realized its error in naming President Buhari as the African Union (AU) anti-corruption champion and should immediately withdraw the conferment,” the statement read.
“The APC administration has been deceiving Nigerians with a ‘holier than thou posturing’ and painting others black when it is swimming in forms of corruption that is eminently festered by official concealment by the Presidency.
“It is shocking that under our ‘saints’, Nigeria has moved significantly from the 136th it ranked in 2016 to 146th in 2017, with President Buhari presiding on our nation.
“This is a government that has been providing cover for its corrupt officials while operating heavily on propaganda, persecution of opposition members with fabricated charges and toiling to sway the people with false performance indices.”