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PDP Unfit To Query $1bn Security Financing – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Edo state, has said the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, is unfit to query the $1 billion security spending approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole made this known on Sunday when speaking at an event in Benin, the capital of Edo state.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week approved the disbursement of the funds to purchase security equipment to boost the military in the fight against the terror group, Boko Haram.

However, the PDP had accused the Presidency of “wilfully sidestepping the national assembly” and not getting the National Assembly’s approval to purchase the equipment.

But Oshiomhole accused the PDP of operating a loose government full of indiscretion during their period in power.

According to the former National Labour Congress (NLC) president, the PDP appropriated several monies for different projects without seeking the approval of the National Assembly.

He said, “One of the acting chairmen of PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, I used to respect him so much, I heard him saying that the reason they did not indict Diezani was that the money missing and everything that was done, Goodluck approved.

“If President approved the money, should it be stolen and not go into the federation account or used for the intended purpose.

“Jonathan may have immunity against prosecution but he doesn’t have power to appropriate what the national assembly have not done.

“Right now, they are now saying the national assembly should not approve the $1 billion the federal government is going to spend on security.

“This is a party that spent well above that without going to the national assembly at all.”

Oshiomhole insisted that Nigerians have the right to know how monies budgeted for by the last administration were spent.

“I think that if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency, the right to know, the media should uphold that right and defend it,” he said.

“What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence. We are talking of resources, which if it is distributed on basis of equality, divide by 180 million people you will be a lot richer.

He said that based on his interaction with “power vertically and horizontally”, the Buhari administration should be “more ruthless” in dealing with the issue of corruption by taking more individuals alleged of being corrupt to court.

 

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