The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the $1 billion approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the procurement of arms to fight insecurity in the country was meant to finance the All Progressives Congress (APC) convention and the 2019 campaigns.
The opposition party also urged the National Assembly to commence legislative action against the President for “gross misconduct in unilaterally approving the release of the fund without allowing for the application of legislative instrument.”
The PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said its investigation revealed that the
Presidency willfully sidestepped the National Assembly so as to avoid accountability and
“We call on Nigerians to reject and resist the renewed attempt by the Presidency to loot $1billion from the national coffers to finance President Muhammadu Buhari’s interests in the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s national convention and 2019 campaign.
“It is a notorious fact that the Presidency and the APC have been plotting to loot this $I billion from our heavily depleted Excess Crude Account (ECA) since last year, using the guise of fight against insurgency.
“This is the same Buhari administration that has been boasting of having
technically defeated the insurgents. This is also an administration that is not known to have exhausted subsisting budgetary allocations for defense.
“Nigerians are thoroughly disappointed that President Buhari; the same African Union (AU) ‘anti-corruption champion’ who swore to be above board and to protect the constitution and our laws, will allow himself to fall for the temptation of resorting to ways and means which are
totally at variance with the laws and all democratic tenets.”
“We therefore urge the National Assembly to look into the constitution and impose appropriate legislative instruments against Mr President, if any part of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) has been breached by this unilateral decision.
“We further urge the National Assembly to scrutinize the constitution and other statute books for the purposes of strengthening the laws guiding the application of funds in our country, particularly under this inherently corrupt and incompetent administration.
“Moreover, since it has come to light that the Buhari administration is using the fight against insurgency as a conduit to siphon funds, as evinced in the alleged looting of the N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)’s funds, we demand for an independent investigation into the processes of release and utilization of all special funds for war against insurgency in the last three years.
“The APC is in shreds and has lost the enormous goodwill that brought it to power in 2015 after failing in all its promises to Nigerians,” the PDP said.