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Dogara ‘APC members are not saints,’ Reps Speaker says

Dogara however denied that President Muhammadu Buhari’s was running a partial war against corruption.

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House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

(Daily Post)

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot claim that all its members are saints.

Dogara however denied that President Muhammadu Buhari’s was running a partial war against corruption.

The Speaker made the comments on Saturday, July 9, 2016, while speaking with journalists in Lagos.

“The PDP had been in power for a number of years, more than a decade and if you were to weigh members of opposition that are in government now and had opportunity to serve, those that would have tendencies to engage in pilfering of resources, majority will come from PDP, except we are not being realistic,” Dogara said.

“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 channelled 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 member of the APC, 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,” he added.

Dogara also revealed during the meeting that some persons who looted public funds buried the money on farms.

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