Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) Professor Itse Sagay, said that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot convince Nigerians that it is fighting corruption if its officials are promoters of corruption.
Speaking in the chatroom with Channels TV, Prof. Sagay adviced that the ruling party, APC must dismantle its present leaders in order to retain power in Presidential Election 2019.
According to him, what promoters of corruption are doing is denying the party the opportunity of truly fighting corruption.
In his own words, Sagay said:
“If you have a big party which has a specific mandate to fight corruption or at least, reduce it drastically to a level that it will not stop the nation’s development, then the members of such party must be seen also fighting corruption.
“If you have such mandate as a party and you have people in that party who are actively promoting corruption or they are subject of corruption and promoters of corruption, what they are doing is denying the party (the opportunity) of truly fighting corruption.
“Then it is better to totally remove people of that nature from the party and form a smaller party in which everybody would have confidence in themselves rather than have a big party in which people are doing things contrary to what the party stands for.
“My view is that the party hierarchy and party leadership and not the government, are condoning corruption. They are hobnobbing with those corrupt party members and therefore setting a stage for the government to have serious problem when there is need to convince people that the party is entitled to have another term in government.”
The professor also pointed that he had no doubt that the government is committed to fighting corruption in accordance with its mandate and promises – and with “all its might and resources.”
However, he added that President Buhari has been too slow to act on the report which indicted two senior government officials.
“On the specific issue of the suspended Secretary to the Federal Government and the Director of the NIA, I would agree that action has been much too slow.
“There should be an immediate decision on this matter so that we can put it to rest and move on,” Sagay said.