Pub­lic funds can’t be used to grab power any­more — Os­in­bajo

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo has said that hence­forth, pub­lic funds would never be di­verted by a rul­ing po­lit­i­cal party to grab power.

Os­in­bajo stated this at the 2016 An­nual Con­fer­ence of In­ter-Party Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (IPAC), which was held at the Yar’adua Cen­tre, Abuja.

He said the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari-led fed­eral govern­ment rec­og­nizes the crit­i­cal role of op­po­si­tion par­ties in deep­en­ing democ­racy, but said they should be care­ful with pub­lic funds.

Os­in­bajo, who was rep­re­sented by his spe­cial as­sis­tant on po­lit­i­cal par­ties, Se­na­tor Babafemi Ojudu, said the an­ti­cor­rup­tion war be­ing fought by the fed­eral govern­ment was not tar­geted at op­po­si­tion par­ties in the coun­try, but aimed at bring­ing san­ity to the polity in or­der to sus­tain democ­racy.

The Vice Pres­i­dent said when the APC took over from the PDP, last year, it in­ves­ti­gated and found out that a huge chunk of money meant for the pur­chase of arms, to elim­i­nate the Boko Haram in the North-East, was di­verted, hence the need for probe.

Os­in­bajo said in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed some of the monies were di­verted into pri­vate pock­ets, while part of it was used for cam­paigns by the PDP, which was in power at the time.

“Pol­i­tics and elec­tions should not be war or de­ple­tion of pub­lic re­sources. Never again will govern­ment agen­cies be used in favour of any po­lit­i­cal party to win elec­tions.

“The war against cor­rup­tion is not tar­geted at the op­po­si­tion par­ties. What govern­ment is do­ing now is that money meant for es­sen­tial ser­vices should not be di­verted for cam­paigns or any other pur­poses,” he said.

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