Another PDP governor contradicts party, backs anti-graft war

Another PDP governor contradicts party, backs anti-graft war
January 25 19:39 2016

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has thrown his weight behind the ongoing anti graft crusade.

Speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Udom described the campaign as fantastic.

This is contrary to the stand of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which has consistently said the campaign was a ruse, intended to humiliate members of the opposition.

Udom however stressed that the anti-corruption campaign deserves the support of all Nigerians.

Udom, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suggested that the anti-corruption war needed durable institutional structures that would let the system run smoothly.

He also called on Nigerians to support the campaign by purging themselves of insincerity and impunity as corruption goes beyond exchange of money between corrupt persons.

On the war, he said: “Fantastic! Fantastic! It’s something that if we must move forward as a country we must tackle corruption. I believe it’s essential to put in place strong institutional structures to fight corruption.

“To set up structures that would enable systems to run effective without interference. All hands must be on desk in fighting corruption.

And when we’re talking about corruption we’ll start looking round. Why can’t we start looking at ourselves?

“Let’s start from even you as a person, what is corruption? It’s not only when money exchanges hands that is corruption. Somebody trying to influence an unjust cause, it’s corruption one way or the other.

“Corruption is a broad concept, if you gave ₦10 at hand and you’re not honest about it, you will never be honest about it when you have ₦10million at hand. So corruption has a lot of ramifications. So corruption is not in terms of the magnitude.”

It would be recalled that Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi had also in the State House recently commended President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, calling on all Nigerians to support the crusade.