The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has accused the Minister Of Information And Culture, Lai Mohammed of diverting funds budgeted for the ministry towards reelection campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking with Daily Independent Correspondents, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary said the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) was currently bidding for contracts in various ministries without following due process, claiming that it will use the proceeds of the contracts to work for Buhari’s re-election.
“But having said that, it is a known fact that the Buhari Campaign Organisation is bidding for contracts in various ministries and they even have the approval of their party hierarchy to go and look for such contracts.
“Even as we speak, the Federal Ministry of Information fund, monies budgeted for the ministry for national assignment, is being used to organise campaigns for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“But as the PDP will always say, there is nothing to APC as a party because it is manifest that they came into government without a plan and, as such, cannot implement anything.
“As we speak, the referendum for Buhari’s re-election in 2019 is the manifest failure of his administration. He came on a three-prong promise: to revive the economy, but he has run the economy into recession.
“He promised to chase insurgents out of our country from the fringes where PDP chased them to, but now insurgents are attacking our military formations.
“He also promised to fight corruption, but we all know what the likes of Babachir Lawal have done to his anti-corruption fight. We all know what the NHIS boss has done to his anti-corruption fight. We all know the level of corruption operating under his nose at the Villa. Nigerians have realised that they voted for failure.” Kola said.
Debunking the accusation, Lai Mohammed said the opposition party was jittery and only raising false alarm after realizing it will be defeated in the forthcoming election.
“The PDP is now suddenly frightened by the success of this programme. That is the honest truth. When this programme started in 2015, PDP thought it was impossible to achieve. Today, this programme comprises of four major components.
“There is the school feeding programme. Today, this programme feeds nine million, three hundred thousand pupils, one meal per day. It covers 26 states, about 60, 000 primary schools and in the process, it has employed over 97,000 cooks.
“So, the PDP is definitely frightened by the success. A government that feeds nine million, three hundred thousand pupils in every school day and, in the process, employs over 97,000 cooks is a government that has left an indelible mark in the sands of time.” Lai Mohammed concluded.