• Govt keeps mum, APC accuses party of plotting to buy votes
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday urged the National Assembly to immediately probe the alleged siphoning of over N10 trillion by the cabal in the presidency during the tenure of erstwhile Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun. In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition political group said its position was predicated on allegations that the Muhammadu Buhari presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) “being aware of the former minister’s NYSC Exemption Certificate liability, used her as a conduit for the siphoning of trillions of naira from the national treasury.”
PDP therefore enjoined the parliament “to probe the books of the Finance Ministry during Adeosun’s tenure as well as the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which is under President Buhari to expose those behind the N9 trillion fraudulent oil contracts detailed in the leaked NNPC memo, the N1.4 trillion fraudulent oil subsidy regime; the alleged diverted N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil through 18 illegal companies linked with APC interests, among others.”
The party insisted that Mrs. Adeosun must be made “to explain how the $321 million (N115 billion) repatriated by Switzerland was allegedly opened up for re-looting by the presidency cabal and corrupt APC leaders, at the same time she was in the media telling Nigerians that the funds were being transferred to the poor and vulnerable households under a discredited social safety net system.”
Contacted, the presidency said it would not join issues with the opposition party.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, simply said he could not respond to the allegations, directing that the enquiries should be channelled to APC national headquarters.
Meanwhile, APC has accused PDP of plotting buy votes in next year’s polls.In a statement, the ruling party’s national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said: “Nigerians are neither gullible nor stupid. They have not forgotten the yoke they bore under the corrupt PDP regimes and deserve no more of it.”He raised the alarm that some politicians were allegedly bent on buying votes and deploying other “illegal means to subvert the people’s will during the forth coming elections.”Nabena urged the relevant agencies to be proactively involved in tracking election financing.