The All Progressives Congress says it will probe how various administrations from 2000 to 2013 managed the nation’s oil revenue.
The APC, which was formed by three main opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Congress for Progressive Change, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stated this in its manifesto obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday.
In the manifesto, the party said it would pursue an eight-cardinal programme, including war against corruption, food security, accelerated power supply, integrated transport network, free education, devolution of power, accelerated economic growth and affordable health care.
On the war against corruption, it said, “We shall negotiate oil deals, unveil the secrecy surrounding the ownership of 49 per cent of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, query the over N50tn oil revenue which accrued to the Federation Account between 2000 and 2013 and recover billions of US dollars which Ministries, Departments and Agencies failed to remit to the Federation Account.”
The Peoples Democratic Party administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, have been ruling the country since 1999.
The APC also promised to strengthen the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and make them independent.
The party said it would review public service rules and financial regulations, which encourage impropriety in public finances.
The APC stated that it would move for the removal of the immunity clause in the constitution, which protects the President, vice-president, governors and deputy governors from prosecution while in office.
It said, “APC in government shall muster the political will to wage strident war against corruption; otherwise, our post-oil economy will be disastrous.
“It is our considered view that none of our cardinal programmes will succeed if the current level of corruption and looting going on in the land is allowed to continue.
“We shall plug all leakages which accelerate monumental corruption, recover looted funds, cap and trim unwarranted allowances to public office holders.”
The APC said it had adopted for its manifesto some recommendations of the defunct Electoral Reform Committee, known as Muhammadu Uwais Panel, set up by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
The recommendations that will be adopted include “making the appointment of the chairman and top officials of the National and State Electoral Commissions public” and that the “Burden of Proof shall rest on the Electoral Commissioners.”
On the power sector, the APC said it would pursue the expansion of electricity generation and distribution of up to 40,000 megawatts in the four to eight years of its administration.
The APC said it would encourage an amendment of the constitution with a view to decentralising the police and expanding local content.