Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of aiding corruption for allegedly releasing over N16.6 billion Paris Club fund to Osun State in secret.
The opposition party made the allegation in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan issued yesterday, accusing the president and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of illegal diversion of public funds.
PDP alleged that its investigation had revealed that N16.67 billion had been diverted to bribe INEC officials; compromise international observers and pay hoodlum contracted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in its plot to rig the September 22 governorship election in Osun.
The statement said it was reprehensible that Buhari, whose handlers had been parading him as ‘Mr. Integrity’, could approve such dark scheme to convert funds meant for payment of several months’ arrears of workers’ salaries to bribe electoral officers and pay thugs to foist a rejected leadership on an already impoverished people.
It said: “Further investigation reveals that bulk of the money has already been penciled for sharing to APC leaders, especially at the national level, as bribe, to short-circuit the system to favour Buhari’s reelection bid, while the people of Osun continue to suffer deprivation.
“The PDP has been further made aware of how part of the fund will be moved to private company accounts as well as various hidden locations for the compromised INEC officials and APC leaders.
“Indeed, these revelations have clearly shown that the Buhari Presidency and the APC care less about the welfare of Nigerians and have completely sold themselves to sleazes and corruption for selfish gains.”
The statement, therefore, asked the people of Osun State, particularly the workers to rise up and reject what it described as “direct assault on their rights, sensibilities and survival as a people, by the APC, which have become notorious” for corruption and subversion of rules.
It added that it had been at alert regarding the movement of these funds and other secret deals between the APC and INEC and will not hesitate to expose the INEC officials, including a close relation of the President, who had been the arrow head of plots to rig elections for the APC.
According to the statement, the world should note how Buhari and the APC, who were huge beneficiaries of credible elections conducted by the PDP in 2015, are bent at destroying the nation’s hard-earned democracy, just because they have been rejected by Nigerians.
It said: “In spite of these machinations, the PDP wants the APC to know that it has not retracted the resolve to contend with it head to head, in all ramifications and magnitude, to discomfit and dismantle its rigging machinery, beginning with September 22, 2018 Osun state governorship election.”
It commends state governors, particularly a few in the APC, who have spoken out against the sneaky act by the Buhari Presidency, saying the party will continue to work with the patriotic individuals in the overall quest to free the nation from the shackles and misrule of the Buhari-led APC.