The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says his party is not apologetic about President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption.
The scandal around the disbursement of $2.1bn meant to prosecute the war on terror has led to the arrest of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh and others.
Noting that a lot of rot was left behind by the administration of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Odigie-Oyegun said Buhari’s anti-graft war was not a witch-hunt.
He spoke with State House correspondents after leading the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to an interactive meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “The APC is not in any way apologetic. We promised change and there is a lot of rot in the system. This must be cleansed whoever and whatever ox is being gored, wherever the tree is going to fall, so, let it be. We must get use to the fact that in the process of cleansing this nation, there is going to be a lot of bullet to bite.
“The APC has not been in office at national level in the last 10 to 16 years. So, the issue of whether somebody is PDP or not PDP does not arise. We have a nation to cleanse. The President has committed himself to that and we should take it whatever way it comes. We are not being apologetic about that.
“It has nothing to do with witch-hunt. It just happened that the dramatis personae of the period happened to be on one side of the political divide. We have absolutely no intention to pressurise any group or any nation towards a one-party state. It is not in our interest so to do that because we need a vibrant opposition.
“We need an opposition that will contribute constructively to national discourse, that will make us sit up and deliver to the people what we promised. But the task is enormous and if anybody is ready to help to discharge these responsibilities, he is most welcomed.”