PDP slams Buhari, APC over alleged fresh $2.5bn arms scandal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said the revelation of alleged another $2.5 billion arms purchase scandal in which it said some officials of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress (APC) administration were named is “another ugly testament of the stench of corruption oozing out from the Buhari Presidency and the APC, as a party.”

Making this assertion in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja, the party alleged that with this fresh issue reportedly involving the National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno, who had earlier revealed that $1 billion also for arms cannot be traced, an alarming $2.5 billion (N1.3 trillion) meant for the purchase of weapons to secure the country under the Buhari administration has been “looted.”

The PDP stressed: “The exposed barefaced contract scam in the $2.5 billion scandal as well as the outright disappearance of the $1billion as earlier revealed by the NSA, shows the level of corruption and unscrupulousness among APC leaders and their agents, who are stealing funds meant for arms while our citizens are daily marauded, pillaged and murdered by terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.

“In fact, the unending exposure of sleaze in the security architecture of the Buhari-led administration has further heightened apprehensions in the public space that the security situation has been turned into a huge racket for corrupt enrichment of sneaky APC leaders and the cabal in the Buhari Presidency.

“It is more distressing that instead of standing on the side of the people to demand for a clean-up of the system and recovery of the stolen funds, the APC, as a party, is rather desperate to justify acts of corruption, because its leaders and officials of its government are involved.”

The main opposition party demanded that the Buhari Presidency should come clean and offer explanations on both the $2.5 billion and $1 billion.

Furthermore, the PDP restates its call to the National Assembly to conduct a joint open inquest into the funds and other monies drawn purportedly for the security of the nation under President Buhari’s watch.

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