Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the Party is not on a witch hunt of Senate President Bukola Saraki, rather are opposed to a PDP Senator being Deputy Senate President.
Reacting to a comment by Senator Dino Melaye that the APC should be grateful that it didn’t lose the National Assembly leadership to the PDP instead of persecuting Saraki, Oyegun said:
“The thing that rankled us most was the election of Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President.”
“Saraki is a member of the APC, much as the main line of the party would have wished a different result and a different scenario but we all find it very, very difficult to accept the emergence of a PDP person as his deputy”
When asked about the ongoing probe of elements within the opposition party, Oyegun said:
“We are not investigating PDP campaign funds. We are investigating records as to how public funds were hijacked for illegal purposes which were not budgeted for by the National Assembly”
“Nobody in business who contributed a lot of money has been dragged to any tribunal because he gave PDP funds. Public funds, public resources, money that belongs to you, me and the people of this country were stolen and diverted.”
“Crude oil was being illegally sold to fund the campaigns and other political activities. Not just the campaigns, people just shared money and pocketed.”
“Anybody who steals from the treasury either to fund campaign, or to put in his pocket or to buy an estate in every part of the world would be asked questions. It must not be allowed.”
“Nobody must be allowed to get away with that. It is not the same with campaign funding. We are not investigating PDP campaign funds.”
The Party Chairman also said the president is delivering on his election promises, and that most of the “promises” bandied around by the press was false.
“A lot of things are under this and up till today, we still stand by this and we stand behind because these are the things he promised and he is determined to do them for the people.”
“The results are already showing all over the place. The President did not make too many promises. A lot of other things people are saying are neither here nor there; people are saying things he never said”