A political group known as the Buhari Media Organisation has disclosed that President Buhari’s four years in office is better than the sixteen years that the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, presided over the affairs of the party as the ruling political party.
The group stated this in a press statement released in Abuja on Thursday stated that the allegations by the PDP that the current administration is wasteful and has looted the state treasury to the tune of N14tn is the party’s trademark of rigmarole.
The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had asked the president to order a thorough investigation over the alleged stolen N9tn ($25bn), the corruption allegations of N2.6 tn in oil subsidy regime, and N40bn which was also alleged to have been embezzled from the Internally Displaced Persons Funds, alongside others.
But the BMO in a statement jointly signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively.
The statement reads below
“President Buhari’s administration is light years better than the 16 years of misrule of the PDP.
“Since 2015, President Buhari has shown commitment to fighting corruption and this has manifested in the policy implementation of the Bank Verification Number, the Treasury Single Accounts and the whistleblower policy.
“The PDP’s latest claim is just a rehash of what this same party put out in a statement in August last year and in May this year when it demanded an explanation from President Buhari on an alleged N9tn contract said to have been awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
“The N9tn issue had been addressed by the Managing Director of the NNPC when he argued that it is inappropriate to attach arbitrary values to shortlisted prospective off-takers of crude oil and suppliers of petroleum products because whatever value is placed on the off-taking goes directly into the federation account.
“Kachikwu had also, as far back as October 2017, clarified that the issue had more to do with governance, and not fraud at the NNPC.
“On the allegations of N2.6tn oil subsidy regime, we all know the global slump in the price of crude oil affected the price of refined petrol, and in the light of fuel queues in 2015, the National Assembly told the NNPC to do what it takes to alleviate the sufferings of the people which it did by dethroning the fraudulent subsidy regime where few handpicked marketers inflate claims of subsidy.
“We would like to remind the PDP that unlike the 16 years of non-action regarding refineries, the Buhari administration’s policies have brought private sector investors like Dangote Group which is currently building a 600,000 barrel capacity refinery, alongside other refineries coming on stream in the next two years.
“We would also like to remind the PDP that there is still a House of Representatives report of how the PDP administration spent $16bn on power with no power in sight.
“Also, we call on the PDP to tell Nigerians why a former CBN Governor who blew the whistle on $20bn allegedly withdrawn from the nation’s treasury was sacked.
“In spite of these, PDP has continued to raise the claims to tar the integrity of the Buhari administration with the hope that, if you give a dog a bad name, like mud it would stick.”
SOURCE: THE PUNCH
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