The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to publicly declare their assets as proof to Nigerians and the world that they are not corrupt.
In a statement issued on Friday by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, the PDP challenged the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Femi Gbajabiamila to publicly declare their assets in order to convince Nigerians that were indeed fighting corruption.
The party also called on all high-ranking political office holders and government officials to waive the caveat placed on the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and make assets of Buhari and Osinbajo known to Nigerians .
The PDP argued that if a former Chief Justice of the Federation could be prosecuted for not fully declaring his assets, other top government officials should also submit themselves to public scrutiny through a public declaration of all their assets.
“We are of the opinion that President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila should declare openly their assets to allow Nigerians to further see how much wealth they have acquired since joining government.
“We believe laying claim to sainthood is easy as Buhari and others have been doing all along but Nigerians deserve to see beyond whatever government forces down their throats.
“By making a public declaration of their assets, Nigerians will be able to see better and judge accordingly. By making public their assets, Nigerians will see how many herds of cattle in 2019 had been added to what Buhari had in 2015.
“Blowing hot and cold at the same time is not the hallmark of a leader with clean hands,” the statement read in part.
The opposition party warned that should Buhari and others fail to publicly declare their assets, further aspersions would be cast on the anti-corruption efforts of the current administration.