The Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the APC members are no saints and therefore are not exempted in the fight against corruption.
According to Dogara, it is only natural for any new government to probe the immediate past government; those who had opportunity to serve in government, for traces of corrupt acts while serving the nation.
He defended the President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption saying it’s “not selective,” saying that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been in power for more than a decade, hence majority of their members who had the opportunity to serve in government have tendencies to engage in pilfering of resources.
“Though we can’t claim that all the members of APC are saints; you pointed out that APC spent money in the course of the campaign, but where did this money come from? We haven’t really had any facts about government officials forwarding money to the cause of the campaign. Majority of the money that was stolen was channeled towards the PDP campaign. You know that this arms purchase monies, for instance, virtually everything was given for the prosecution of PDP campaign.
“I do not think a dime went to any of the APC members, we were all in government then. I can’t remember a discussion like that then but I knew when some of the funds were being given to some of our friends as well but I believe that no one that is of APC stock was given that money.
“I don’t think the fight has really been one sided. If you recall, one of the closest aides to the President, I don’t want to name him, when he was picked up, everyone was shocked that that man could be picked up. He had been one of the most dutiful, one of the people that is very, very close to the President, yet he wasn’t spared when evidence was adduced that he benefited from it and he had to refund the money.”
On the Senate forgery case, Dogara called for caution, warning that the National Assembly may find it difficult to function properly in the face of continuous external interference.