Account for the N10 Trillion Stolen, PDP Tells APC

Account for the N10 Trillion Stolen By Your Leaders, PDP Tells APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the Presidency and the APC to account for the over N10 trillion allegedly stolen by its leaders and members of its alleged cabal in the Presidency.

A Press Statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, says: “The PDP notes that the APC has become synonymous with violence, deceit, hardship, hunger and starvation and can no longer be trusted as a vehicle of national cohesion, economic prosperity and the unity of Nigerians.”

Read details of the Press Statement below:

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenges the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to immediately account for the over N10 trillion public fund stolen by the APC leaders and members of the Buhari Presidency cabal.

“The APC and Presidency have been playing saint and pointing fingers while their officials are having field day frittering trillions of naira to finance their opulent lifestyles and political interests, even under the watch of the African Union (AU) Anti-corruption champion.

“The PDP asks the Presidency to address Nigerians on the leaked memo detailing corrupt oil contracts to the tune of N9 trillion ($25 billion dollars) at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which are under President Muhammadu Buhari’s supervision as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

“The PDP also challenges the APC and the Presidency to come clear on the widely reported stealing of N1.1 trillion (USD 3.5 bn) worth of crude oil by APC interests operating with seven ghost companies.

“This is in addition to the looting from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) evidenced in the reported stealing of N10 billion National Health Insurance scheme (NHIS)’s account in the TSA, as well as revelation of the frittering of fresh N25 billion under questionable ‘deals’.

“Similarly, the PDP demands that the APC and the Presidency address Nigerians on the widely reported stealing of N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Intervention fund as well as the source of the N671 million allegedly stolen from the APC account by some of its national officers.

“Furthermore, the PDP wants the Presidency and the APC to explain to Nigerians why no serious panel of enquiry has been set up to address the issue of abuse of rights, extra-judicial executions, killings and bloodletting in various parts as catalogued by various international bodies.

“The PDP notes that the APC has become synonymous with violence, deceit, hardship, hunger and starvation and can no longer be trusted as a vehicle of national cohesion, economic prosperity and the unity of Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, the APC led Federal Government has praised itself for its performance, since assuming office in 2015.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, said at a press conference held yesterday in Lagos that the government has kept faith with Nigerians and remains determined to make the lives of citizens better.

He said: “This administration has kept its social contract with the Nigerian people by delivering all its campaign promises.

“We are putting our nation on the path of sustainable growth and development, diversifying our economy like never before, tackling corruption at its very core and devising creative measures to secure lives and property

“Under just three years, Nigeria is rising again like a phoenix from years of massive looting of the national treasury, misgovernance and crashed oil prices.

“Under the able, focused and patriotic leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, this administration has recorded many firsts in so short a time – achievements that are beginning to impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.”

Interestingly, these accusations and counter accusations were made on the eve of Democracy Day, which is being marked today as public holiday in Nigeria, in commemoration of the restoration of democracy in the country.

After years of military rule that began in 1966 and got interrupted briefly by a period of democratic rule from 1979 to 1983, democratic governance was restored in the country on May 29 1999, when the then newly elected retired General Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as Nigeria’s President. Although reports of violations of human rights still arise regularly, a new era of regular elections and civil liberties has been restored in the country, since then.

Cornelius Ellah
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