Refund ‘siphoned FIRS’ N40bn, PDP tells APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to refund the N40 billion taxpayers’ money allegedly siphoned from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and used to finance its 2019 campaigns.
In a statement issued in Abuja, on Monday, by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party admonished the ruling party to come clean on revelation, which it noted was already in the public space.
According to the statement, the revelation, which has reportedly unsettled certain persons in the Buhari Presidency, has further exposed the APC as “a decadent lot; a gathering of treasury looters who thrive in cheating, deceit and pretences at very high levels.”
It added: “The development has further vindicated our stand that the APC is an extremely callous and hypocritical party, which has no iota of conscience but takes delight in depriving our citizens and pillaging resources meant for the wellbeing of our people.
“It is shameful that instead of being remorseful, agents of the APC are reportedly engaging in dirty infighting over how the money was ‘shared’, with certain top leaders of the APC allegedly getting up to N3 billion each.”
The PDP cautioned the APC not to take Nigerians for a ride with its usual diversionary empty denials, finger-pointing, hauling of insults and spurious accusations against the PDP, as the public already has reports of how very top leaders of the APC, including those operating at the Presidency, were used to conduit the money from the FIRS.
The party held that in a nation battling the scourge of corruption, misrule, huge unemployment, unprecedented infrastructural decay, insecurity, hunger and untold hardship, such a humongous allegation must not be allowed to go under the usual APC carpet
The statement added: “Our party submits that since the APC has been overtly indicted, it should come clean by refunding the N40 billion to the public coffers from where it should be channelled to job creation projects without further delay.”
It called on Nigerians to note how the APC and its Federal Government have failed to account for various pillaging of public funds under the Buhari administration, including the N14 trillion stolen through various phoney contracts in the NNPC as well as direct drawings from other government agencies such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
It further noted that if the trillions of naira stolen and stashed away in private purses of APC leaders were recovered and directed to development projects, the nation will not be in “its present sorry state under the Buhari administration.”