The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move by President Muhammadu Buhari to get the Senate to approve N10 billion for Kogi State.
Naija News reports that Buhari had written the Nigerian Senate, seeking approval for the payment of N10.069billion as settlement of promissory note to the Kogi State Government led by Governor Yahaya Bello.
This online news platform understands that Buhari’s letter of request was read on the floor of the Nigerian Senate by Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Senate.
The request is coming a month to the Kogi governorship election which is slated for November 16 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Reacting in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused the administration of Buhari of trying to mislead the National Assembly by asserting that the fund is for projects done by the state government on behalf of the Federal Government.
With Kogi workers allegedly being owed salaries and pension in arrears of 36 months, the PDP said Buhari is trying to divert funds to Governor Yahaya Bello for phantom projects.
The party said: “Such action by Mr President further confirms that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is directly in league with Governor Yahaya Bello to strangulate the people of Kogi state.
“We hold that if there are no intentions of pushing the fund to Governor Bello for anti-people purposes, the Presidency is challenged to name and point to the particular project executed by Governor Bello as well as make the terms and payment agreements public for Nigerians to see.
“If the Buhari Presidency means well for Kogi state, it should reword its request and put the interest of the masses ahead of all selfish and parochial political considerations, particularly as the state approaches a critical election in which the people have made up their minds to vote
out Governor Yahaya Bello.”
The PDP stated that Buhari cannot claim to be unaware of the critical situation of workers in Kogi state, adding that retirees and seniors are dying over non-payments of their pensions.
The party urged Buhari to resist attempts by Governor Yahaya Bello to drag his Presidency into this shameful attempt to steal Kogi State funds.