The former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has accused some former governors including the Minister of transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and former governor of Adamawa, Murtala Nyako, of buying their way to the top of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with the sum of N100m each.
Others named by the ex-governor include Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; Senators Rabiu Kwankwaso and Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.
The erstwhile governor of Sokoto State made the claim during a recent interview with Daily Trust, adding that the APC government claims to be fighting corruption meanwhile it is actually the “mother of corruption”.
He accused the ruling party of being the architect of the enduring rift between some of its top-notch members which is affecting the country.
“APC government says it is fighting corruption, but it is the mother of corruption; it has been the mother of corruption since the day it opened its gates to those five governors from the new PDP,” he said.
“When they (five governors) came into the APC, they were warmly received because they had the money to contribute N100 million each.
“When I, a founding member and acting chairman of the party’s constitution drafting committee queried why they were expressly allowed entry, I was bluntly told they had money to give. I then offered to also contribute N100 million but my own contribution was rejected.
“Those five governors entered APC to corrupt the party, and they succeeded in doing so. This is why I say APC is the mother of corruption.
“I foresaw that they would hijack the party and attempt to do whatever they want. If they are allowed to do whatever they want, there will be problem in the politics of the country; if they are not allowed, which is the situation now, there will be a rift between them and the government, they will be disloyal and impudent to the government, and this will cost the country immense problem in terms of progress”.
Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and four others defected from the PDP to the APC in 2014. The others, who were governors at the time, are Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).