Middle Belt Forum Says Trader Moni Scheme, Is Advanced Vote Buying
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum have accused the Buhari-Osinbajo led administration of “advance(d) vote buying” ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The group, which met in Abuja on Wednesday, to deliberate on the state of the nation, noted that the Trader moni scheme of the government was an avenue to corrupt the electorate ahead of the general elections next year.
The Buhari administration launched a new initiative under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), called the Trader Moni, which it said, will empower not less tahn two million petty traders before the end of the year, Naija News reports
Under the scheme, beneficiaries can get access to a higher facility ranging from N15,000 to N50,000 when they repay N10,000 within the stipulated time period.
In a communiqué jointly signed by leaders of the zones, namely, Yinka Odumakin, South West; Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, South South, Isuwa Dogo, Middle Belt and Chigozie Ogbu, South East, the group demanded the stoppage of the scheme as it shames the anticorruption campaign of the present administration.
“Meeting expressed utter disappointment in the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for his continued corruption of the electorates in a funny scheme named ‘Tradermoni’,” read the communiqué.
“We noted his odious outing with this corrupt act shortly before the Osun governorship election when he went to dole out cash to would -be voters and distributing forms in which beneficiaries were asked to fill in their PVC details and phone number.
“A few days back, he took the perverse scheme to Lagos accompanied by the Governor of Lagos and the APC governorship candidate in Lagos state, an act that totally betrayed the political manipulation of the polity with pecuniary tools.
“It is rather unfortunate that a Professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria is not ashamed to be doing this open ‘see and buy’ ahead of elections while he continues to preach virtues when convenient.
“We demand immediate suspension of this scheme in the manner the VP is going about it presently as it shames the whole anti-corruption campaign of the administration. It is pure bribery of voters.”
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Your 8 Years Tenure Was A Disaster – PDP Tells Aregbesola
It argued that the governor will go down in history of the state as the worst since the return of democratic rule in 1999.
PDP said that the people should not be deceived by the charade of programmes Aregbesola claims he embarked on, as it insist that “Aregbesola is leaving the state worse than how he met it in 2010”.
Hon. Soji Adagunodo, the chairman of the Osun State chapter of the PDP made this known in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Speaking on where he scored himself high during an all night interaction tagged “Ogbeni Till Day Break” on Friday, PDP said such self glorification was childish and a total farce.
According to the party, “There is no better indication of the governor’s failure than the dysfunctional educational system, comatose healthcare, gargantuan debt, deplorable road, abysmal water infrastructure and several other negatives which the governor is bequething to his successor.
“It is already on record that it is during the tenure of Ogbeni Aregbesola that Osun was ranked by BUDGIT as one of the four most indebted States and the least fiscally responsible state in Nigeria.
“It was during these same years that the state found itself on the lowest rung of performance of students in public examinations; a situation which made us a laughing stock even among states hitherto considered educationally disadvantaged in Nigeria.
“Human life and development had never been this compromised as Medical doctors, health workers, lecturers, and civil servants embarked on strikes for a cumulative period of not less than 3 and a half years during Aregbesola’s administration.”
PDP also took on Aregbesola over his claim that he had built more roads than previous governors, saying there were more death traps than motorable roads, as it cited township roads in Ejigbo, Iwo, Ede, Ikirun, Ila Orangun, Ilobu among others.
“The road from Osogbo through Iwo to Ibadan which the governor boasted would be rehabilitated by Julius Berger in 2012 was never started and must today rank among the worst roads in Nigeria.
“It is similarly on record that a recent survey by an international organisation ranked Osun as one of the 3 dirtiest states in Nigeria. This is in spite of the billions of Naira siphoned by Local and State government officials in the guise of environmental sanitation.
“Our party notes that while Osun is very happy that the reign of Ogbeni Aregbesola is coming to an end, the people are rather sad at the legacy of impunity and fraud that Mr Governor and his party introduced to our political landscape as exemplified in the September 22nd and 27th governorship election in Osun State. It is one ugly legacy which has put the name of our dear state on the dark spot of political discourse within and outside Nigeria.
“However, our hope is in the judiciary to do justice and restore the mandate freely given to Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke as the rightful successor to Ogbeni Aregbesola; the PDP hereby joins the people of Osun State to keep on praying that the inglorious reign of the APC would soon be terminated and a new lease of prosperous life be injected into the State of the living spring”, the statement said.
Kwara Bye-Election: Outcome Daylight Robbery -PDP
The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) has called to question the outcome of the House Representatives bye-election in Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin/Irepodun Fderal constituency election, describing it has a daytime robbery.
The party alleged that it supporters and members harassed and intimidated during the poll, adding that election did not reflect the will of the people.
The election, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Raheem Tunji Olawuyi, was also described by the state chairman of the PDP, Engr. Kola Shittu as a charade and direct assault on the nation’s democracy.
Shittu noted that some of the concerns raised by the party prior to the conduct of the election, which included alleged importation of thugs and heavy deployment of security personnel later manifested during the poll.
He alleged that the sanity of democracy in the election was destroyed as their were box snatching, widespread irregularities and illegal arrest of members of the PDP before and while the election was on going.
While calling for the cancellation of the election, Shittu stated that the people of the constituency have been cheated out of their right to choose their representative in the house of assembly.
According to him, the election represented was an indication that the APC led federal government was not ready to deliver free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
“The PDP condemns in strong terms the conduct of the bye-election also rejects its outcome, as it does not reflect the will of the people of Ekiti, Oke-Ero, Isin and Irepodun Local Government Areas.
“The announcement of the candidate of the APC, Raheem Olawuyi as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission is a daylight robbery, subversion of the will of the people and direct assault on the nation’s democracy.
“Indeed, the election was a contest between the PDP and the security agents, as they both collaborated with the enemies of democracy, APC, to manipulate the electoral process and stole the mandate of the people”, Shittu said.
2019 presidency: Atiku support group flags off campaign
The Anambra chapter of Street to Street Initiative, a support group for Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections, has kicked off its campaign in the state.
Mr Shedrack Anakwue, Director of the group, said during the event in Awka on Sunday, that the group decided to flag off its local government campaign tour to awaken the minds of its faithful.
Anakwue said that the job of the group ahead of the poll was a very serious one which should not be handled with kid gloves hence its early start to ensure optimal results.
He said that voters in the state had become well exposed to political activities and were convinced that a vote for the PDP presidential candidate was a vote to change their lives for the better.
The director described the PDP standard bearer as a visionary and detribalised leader who personified hope for the restoration of Nigeria to the path of peace, unity and greatness.
According to him, Atiku would become the “people’s army commander” in the 2019 presidential poll.
He commended the PDP flag bearer for “accepting” the challenge of running for presidency in the forthcoming general elections.
Anakwue commended him for choosing the former Anambra Governor, Mr Peter Obi, as his running mate, adding that it was a great honour to the state and the entire Igbos.
The director of the group described Obi as one of the best governors Nigeria had ever produced adding that he had formidable credentials.
He said that the group was prepared to take the good news of the PDP presidential candidate and his running mate to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Anakwue said the group held firm belief in the choice of the party because it was capable of turning things around for the better.
NAN reports that the flag-off campaign was attended by delegates from the 21 local government areas of the state, national leaders and directors of the group from other states of the federation.
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