As political parties gear up to commence campaigns, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi has stressed that corruption is festering in the country simply because Nigeria has not been fortunate to produce a president that hates corruption.
According to Obi, who is a former Governor of Anambra State sttressed that even when one who is angling to be president has a corruption-free antecedent if such person’s ascendancy to the presidency was sponsored by corrupt leaders, corruption is bound to fester in that administration because it will do everything possible to shield such persons.
The LP presidential candidate made this known through a statement made via his media office, faulted the afro-beat exponent, Femi Fela Kuti for accusing him of having not spoken about the corruption going in the country, and offering how his administration would tackle it if elected.
According to his media office, contrary to the position of Femi Kuti, both Obi and his running mate, Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmad have sufficiently explained their understanding of Nigerian corruption and how to uproot it from our system.
The media office, however, stated that the great musician perhaps expected Obi to employ the old order where the issue of corruption usually dominated the polity in the build up to elections, but, ended up getting worse during the act of governance proper.
‘Obi has said umpteenth times that corruption in Nigeria is entrenched because of poor leadership at the top.
‘He is on record to have said that corruption will vanish in Nigeria the moment the President and any members of his family, friends, and associates are channeled to act properly with public funds.
‘It’s not enough to be shouting I will wipe corruption when corrupt money is guiding and directing all your activities in and out of power and corrupt persons as your sponsors and shields’ Obi-Datti Ahmed media office stated.
It added ‘Obi has personal antecedents on corruption, in private sector where he was the youngest Nigerian to Chair the board of a post consolidation bank and for eight years as Governor of Anambra state where he left huge money in investment and cash with no trace of embezzling public funds’.
The media office advised Mr Kuti to rather focus on backgrounds and track records of Obi and his running mate, Datti-Ahmed which are easily verifiable than waiting for them to parrot about everything going wrong in the country.