The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded a system-wide investigation into the alleged siphoning of N90 billion from the coffers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service in which top members of the Buhari Presidency and All Progressives Congress have been mentioned.
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, made the allegation on Sunday.
Frank alleged that the fund was made available to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for the prosecution of the 2019 election in the South West.
The FIRS has debunked the allegation, threatening to sue Frank if he does not tender public apology.
But the PDP in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, demanded that the “Buhari Presidency must not cover this humongous corruption involving highly placed officers in this administration, as it had done in the past.”
The party lamented that in the face of excruciating hardship being endured by citizens, a government, which came into office on the mantra of change and zero tolerance for corruption, has become enmeshed in atrocious acts of corruption.
It said: “The PDP holds that it is pathetic and speaks volumes of the character of this administration that a top member of the cabinet is being fingered in this reprehensible siphoning of monies collected as taxes from millions of already impoverished Nigerians.
“Our party notes that this shocking allegation directly borders on gross misconduct and breach of public trust.
“The party therefore rejects the flimsy denials and threats being pushed through the FIRS as a belated attempt at cover-up by persons close to the Presidency.
“It is therefore held that the delay by the Buhari Presidency in applying established statutory processes and procedures of ordering an investigation into the issue only goes to confirm that the Buhari administration is a citadel of corruption.
“This is more so as reports are already in the public domain of how the money stolen from FIRS, was allegedly diverted to private purses and for other extraneous purposes including the 2019 extravagant campaigns of the APC.
“Nigerians expect that all our national resources should always be used to ensure the welfare of the citizenry and must be accounted for at all times.”