The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Edo state governorship election, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, as a barefaced treasury looter, ‘who has no moral rectitude to speak on corruption in the country.’
Ganduje said on Monday, that “The PDP decided to accommodate our former Governor in Edo State not because they have anything in common, not because they share some feelings, but simply because he is managing the treasury of Edo State and they want him to use that treasury in order to win the election.”
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But reacting, the PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said under the PDP, the resources of Edo state, and other PDP states, belong to the people and not to any political cabal or their godfathers.
The party said Governor Ganduje, with his alleged “infamous gandollar video”, is no match to the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Nyesom Wike.
“It is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of ‘gandollar’, after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state.
“The PDP points out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.
“Apparently, Governor Ganduje and other APC leaders are so used to looting public treasuries that such is his first mental direction after his inauguration to lead the Edo governorship campaign.
“Governor Ganduje has further confirmed the real intention of the APC, which is to use their morally embattled candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu (of course, birds of the same feathers flock together) for their desperate effort to regain access to Edo state treasury after Governor Godwin Obaseki liberated the state from the stranglehold of APC treasury-looting godfathers.
“Our party invites Governor Ganduje to note that there is no free dollars for him and other APC leaders to loot in Edo state.
“Of course, this is why the people of Edo state are solidly behind Governor Obaseki for firmly resisting APC looters.
“Whereas Governor Wike is a highly respected, upright, honest, transparent, people-based and development-driven leader, who is firmly in touch with the people of Edo state and enjoys their confidence and trust, Governor Ganduje, on the other hand, represent a leadership that is fraught with dishonesty, corruption, non-performance and public shame.
“The PDP, therefore, counsels Governor Ganduje and the APC to quietly perish the thoughts of looting Edo state treasury like they are doing in APC controlled states, as the people of Edo state will humiliate them in the September 19 election,” the party said.