Loot recovery: Buhari, APC won’t be distracted ―APC

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THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has said that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari will not be distracted in his fight against corruption and said no amount of blackmail would derail the government’s anti-graft war.

Ekiti APC said on Tuesday that it was reacting to the criticism by the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who had said in a statement that looters were actually hiding their loot in the presidential villa because of alleged protection of corrupt people by the presidency.

Following criticism by Governor Ayodele Fayose that some looters were allegedly hiding stolen funds in Aso Villa in Abuja, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said no amount of blackmail would derail the anti-graft war being waged by the party at the federal level.

Deputy Chairman of the party in Ekiti State, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, who stated this on Tuesday while receiving some gift items from a governorship aspirant, Kayode Ojo, at the party’s secretariat in Ado Ekiti, said criticism of the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government, from people like Governor Fayose was allegedly a pointer to attempts at shielding corrupt people and their loot.

Olaleye said Fayose’s anger against President Buhari was aimed at shielding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from being made to account for the money they allegedly looted under former President Goodluck Jonathan-led government.

She described Governor Fayose’s allegation as “baseless and spurious”, saying “for the purpose of clarity his tantrums are targeted at derailing the war against corruption.

“How can Fayose accuse anybody of corruption? In Ekiti State, he is the Finance Commissioner, the Accountant General; in fact, he is acting like all-in-all. He is afraid of being dealt with after leaving office, hence his resort to blackmail and diversionary tactics.

“We are solidly behind Buhari’s government in his war against corruption. Nothing can derail our fight against corruption, because we are determined to deal with corruption squarely. So, this is just a noise to distract Buhari.”

Olaleye assured that the primary to pick APC’s candidate for the 2018 poll will be credible, free and fair and devoid of imposition.

Presenting the gift to the party, Ojo promised to do more to palliate the sufferings of the APC members, who are now in opposition in the state.

Ojo, who was represented by former Commissioner in Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Richard Apolola, added that “we are going to win and make the state proud if given the ticket of the party.

“Apart from that, all party members will be treated equally, because I don’t believe in segregation or division among party members. As an aspirant, I am to serve as a rallying point for all and not to cause unnecessary cleavage that can affect our chances in 2018.”

Ojo pledged more support to the party, urging his contemporaries to uphold party supremacy and act within the ambit of the party’s laid down rules for the primary to be a success.

Fayose, had on Monday accused some Buhari’s confidants and top members of APC of using the Presidential Villa as a leeway to get around the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and had described the anti-corruption war as selective.