by Lekan Olanrewaju
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared its dedication to the eradication of corruption from the country. In a statement released on Tuesday, the ruling party pledged to work together with the federal government to “broaden the dragnet of the anti-corruption crusade”.
“The party will soon undertake a multi dimensional engagement with the federal government with a view to broadening the dragnet of anti-corruption crusade,” the party said in a statement released by its newly elected National Publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh.
“Our vision for greatness cannot be transformed into reality in the horizon of corruption. As part of our rebirth agenda, which is in line with the transformation programme of the PDP-led federal government, the PDP is ready to orchestrate a change in the tapestry and tenor of the war on corruption.”
The party also spoke on the ongoing pension probe, describing the whole saga as a “heinous crime”.
“The sleazy tales of national shame oozing out of the pension probe is an undisguised heinous crime, an inhumanity to mankind,” Metuh said. “To deny, at sunset, the wages of men and women, compatriots, whose morning and afternoon were engaged in toils for fatherland is the most wicked toga and colour of corruption.”
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party.
Obasanjo had assumed the Chairman position after a controversial amendment of the PDP constitution allowed him to take over from the erstwhile Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih.
He said his resignation was to allow him focus on his presidential library and other issues.