PDP APC destroyed independence of anti-corruption agencies, says opposition party

The opposition has accused the APC of interfering with the operations of the EFCC and ICPC.

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The Chairman of the PDP caretaker committee - Ahmed Makarfi play

The Chairman of the PDP caretaker committee - Ahmed Makarfi

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives' Congress (APC) of destroying the opposition party's great work with anti-corruption by interfering with the country's anti-graft agencies.

The PDP disclosed this in a press release in celebration of the party's 19th year anniversary on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

In the statement, the PDP accused the APC of destroying the independence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) that were both set up during the party's tenure.

The statement read, "The PDP formally came into being on the 31st of August, 1998, and has since then, remained the only viable, prosperous, strongest and most visionary political party in Nigeria,” the statement read.

"The PDP administration established two major anti-corruption agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to curb the menace of corruption in the country.

"These efforts reduced corrupt practices and further increased the confidence of foreign investors that resulted in huge investment inflows into the country.

"The APC-led government of today has destroyed the independence of these agencies with their selective approach of using 'deodorants' when APC members are involved and ‘insecticides’ when it concerns the PDP members and other Nigerians."

Chairman of the party's caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi, praised the party's legacy, hailing it as the only reliable party in Nigeria.

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