Thursday, 29 October 2015

APC, PDP Clash Over Alleged N.5Trillion Wasted Fund

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi state chapter has alleged that the state government and current Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration mismanaged close to N.5trillion in 12 years.

This was disclosed in a statement by Dr. Tom Ohikere, the head of media, Prince Abubakar Audu Governorship Campaign Organization.

The statement reads: “The PDP government in kogi State has received and spent over  N500 billion since 2003 without financial accounting. The administration has been operating as if the state is a personal enterprise.

“The Wada government has refused to render financial records to date, thereby negating the principle of stewardship and accountability.

“It is neither a responsible nor a responsive government. It is a government deficient in integrity and bereft of modern democratic principles.

“Since the advent of the Wada administration, the financial account of Kogi State has been shrouded in secrecy. It is being managed in a mafia style. Democratic government anywhere in the world is about the people and government is about accountability.”

But in a swift response, the PDP cautioned the APC to halt the circulation of the false information.

According to the party, the APC should address the burden of corruption hanging on its governorship candidate .

This was disclosed by Phrank Shaibu, the chief communication manager to Governor Idris Wada.

Shaibu added that the choice of Prince Abubakar Audu as the APC flag bearer negates President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption stance.

He said: “His ambition is a clash as it relates to the stand of his party. It is a slap on the Buhari anti-corruption campaign. Yes, there is a belief that a man/woman is presumed innocent until he or she is proved guilty.

“There is a moral burden here. The case has been on for as long as you can think, with Prince Audu using frivolous injunctions to stall justice.

“Now, he is trying to hide under the anti-corruption mantra to seek immunity from justice.

“Simply put, let our dear President Buhari detach himself from Audu’s political quest. His dusty past of corruption is a virus that will defame the President’s stance on anti-corruption.

“Audu’s issue should be avoided because this is not about today’s rampant politically-motivated accusations. The records on Audu date back to 10 years before the formation of the APC. If the APC is not careful, Audu’s ambition will ruin Mr. President’s good agenda on change.”

Meanwhile, Governor Wada has called on President Muhammdu Buhari not to play politics ahead of the Kogi election with the issue of bailout fund earmarked for states.

He noted that Kogi is yet to get its portion of the bailout several months after fulfilling the necessary documentation.