By Abiola David
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan fired back at Vice President Yemi Osinbajo saying that the latter lack moral right to accuse him of corruption.
Also, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) attacked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over a statement credited to the Vice-President recently that the former President plugged Nigeria into debt and destroyed the nation’s economy through corruption.
Osinbajo has in a lecture titled: ‘Restructuring and the federation’ delivered at the 40th anniversary of the Association of Friends in Lagos, accused the Jonathan administration of plugging the country into untold hardship, recession and debt.
In a statement issued by an aid of the former president, Reno Omokri, the former President said, Osinbajo does not have any moral right to accuse anyone of being corrupt, adding that, he (Osinbajo) was recently indicted by the house of representatives for corruption.
The statement read, “How can Vice-President Osinbajo, a man who had just been indicted by the House of Representatives in one of the biggest corruption scams ever in Nigeria’s history, have the gall to point fingers of suspicion at Dr. Jonathan, a man that is celebrated internationally for his efforts at achieving Nigeria’s best rating in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index when Nigeria improved eight paces from 144 to 136 in 2014?
“Having read through the sordid details of Prof. Osinbajo’s corruption as revealed in the indictment by Nigeria’s House of Representatives, it is easy to understand why Nigeria made her worst ever retrogression in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions under him this year, moving 11 paces backwards from 136 to 148.
“On the issue of debt, the fact remains that in the entire 16 years that the People’s Democratic Party governed Nigeria, the total amount of money borrowed was N8.06trn. These are facts sourced directly from the Budget Office controlled by the Buhari administration.
“However, in only three years, the All Progressives Congress-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has borrowed a total of N10trn. With this fact in hand, where does Vice-President Osinbajo have the moral authority to point leprous fingers at former President Jonathan?
“The claim by Vice-President Osinbajo that former President Jonathan left $63bn in debt is also a false claim. The Jonathan administration inherited $42.23bn in debt in 2011 which were debts borrowed by the states and the Federal Government,” the statement added.