The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of using the fight against Boko Haram to siphoning funds for the 2019 general elections.
The party urged Nigerians to reject and resist the renewed attempt by the Presidency to “help itself with the huge sums of money”, adding that the $1 billion is meant to finance President Buhari’s interests in the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention and 2019 Presidential campaign.
“It has since come to light that the Buhari administration is using the fight against insurgency as a conduit to siphon funds, as evidenced in the alleged looting of the N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)funds,” PDP said in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
“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.
“Democracy thrives on constitutional processes of separation of powers, due diligence and transparency and not on totalitarian tendencies.
“We 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.”
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