By Taiwo Adebowale
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Buhari Presidency of releasing over N6 billion looted from federal funds to All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly candidates to execute the party’s rigging plans in the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The PDP added that information available to the party shows that each of the 109 APC senatorial candidates received N20 million, the 360 APC House of Representatives candidates are being given N10 million each, while various amounts are being disbursed by the Buhari Presidency to some other APC leaders for the rigging plot.
The PDP, in a statement delivered to the Atlantic Post in Abuja on Tuesday, February 19, by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that looted fund are to be used by the APC to dress fake security agents, arm thugs and bribe compromised INEC officials and manipulate the elections in the various Senatorial and Federal constituencies across the country.
Nigeria’s main opposition political party added that intelligence at their disposal indicates that part of the money was sourced from alleged diversion of funds meant for the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various states of the federation.
“This is in addition to monies allegedly siphoned from some income generating agencies, including the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”
The PDP shocked by this development, declared that it is indeed a callous act of wickedness and impunity that the Buhari Presidency, in its claimed integrity, would descend to the lowest level of decadence by looting of funds meant for the development and well-being of Nigerians to finance their rigging plots.
“At a time well-meaning leaders all over the world are exerting themselves in creating wealth for their people and developing their nations, the Buhari Presidency, which plunged the nation into a bitter economic recession, is still busy frittering our national resources to finance its vicious plots against the already impoverished citizens.”
The opposition party stated that the Buhari Presidency and the APC have further exhibited that they are inherently corrupt, pervert and have no iota of interest in the well-being of Nigerians.
“Such impunity and recklessness of the Buhari Presidency is directly responsible for the economic hardship, poverty and escalated bloodletting in our country in the almost four years of the Buhari administration.”
The PDP concluded by charging Nigerians to be alert and continue to rally behind the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the all-important quest to rescue the country from the clutches of the corrupt, dictatorial and incompetent Buhari administration, which it alleges, now seeks to truncate the electoral process and derail their democracy.