Re-electing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 would make the party re-loot funds so far recovered from its members, the Presidency said on Sunday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, made this known in an article titled “The real price of ‘changing the change’ (1).”

He said the real meaning and cost of the change campaign was that if the PDP wins the next election, they would take the nation back to pre-2015.

Shehu said, “In this country, politics is often considered as synonym of corruption. The previous government came under huge criticism for scandals like that discovered in arms procurements in the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA which transformed itself into a major source of funding of the PDP; NNPC crude oil thefts, broadband spectrum licensing scandal, oil subsidy scam and so many others but the present government has not faced any such corruption allegations.

“Although he said he was unafraid and would not bend, the President’s concern, and fear on the part of many is that if a corrupt leader takes over, it will be happy days all over again for former Oil Minister Diezani Allison-Maduekwe who has so far forfeited $ 153m, N23.4bn, and $ 4m and $5m in separate accounts.

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“Change the Change’ would mean she will get the money back. So would the former Managing Director of the maritime agency, NIMASA get back GBP 578,080 seized from him and the Ikoyi apartment owners have back their $43.4m; N23m and GBP 27,800.

“The hidden owner of the Lagos cash shop may then step forward to reclaim their N449.6m; the ex-Naval Chiefs will have returned to them the already forfeited N1.8bn; the Governors Forum paid back their N1.4 bn and the major oil marketers, from whom the EFCC has so far seized N328.9bn will smile their ways to the bank.”

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