The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has endorsed the planned arraignment on Monday, of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, and accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of being sympathetic to corruption, for calling against the plan.
Recall, that Onnoghen is scheduled to be arraigned by the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on a six-count charge of alleged false assets declaration.
The development followed a petition to the CCB, by a group, the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, ARDI.
The APC spoke for the first time on the development, through a statement on Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, saying that the swift reaction by the PDP, exposed the opposition party as one with a natural inclination to rise up in defence of cases of alleged corruption. It said that it expected the PDP to call for impartial investigations, when corruption cases are levelled against public Officers, but “spinning falsehoods and conspiracies”, remains the opposition party’s favourite past time.
The ruling party dismissed as baseless, the allegation that the move against Onnoghen, is a plot to rig the election, and urged Nigerians to disregarded such allegations, as the APC is committed to ensuring free and fair elections.
“The PDP’s baseless conspiracy theory on APC’s participation in the 2019 general elections, should hereby be disregarded. We remain solidly committed to ensuring that the forthcoming elections go on record, as one of the freest, most credible, and peaceful elections in the country.”
It emphasised that the fight against corruption, remains a cardinal promise by the APC, to the electorate. The party assured that the President Buhari administration, remains uncompromising in its determination to rid the country of corruption, and will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute any public Officer, if and when such is indicted for corruption.
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