The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to reject the the approval of $1billion for the purchase of arms by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the party, the money will be used to finance President Buhari’s interests in the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s national convention and 2019
The party also urged the National Assembly to commence appropriate
constitutional legislative actions against President Buhari for gross
misconduct in unilaterally approving the release of the fund without
allowing for the application of legislative instrument.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola
Ologbondiyan, on Thursday, said its investigation revealed that the
Presidency willfully sidestepped the National Assembly so as to avoid
legislative scrutiny and accountability and pave way for the diverting
of the fund for selfish partisan purposes.
The statement read in part: “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
“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
“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”, the statement further read.