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PDP Reacts As FIRS Denies Funding Buhari/Osinbajo Campaigns

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) must explain how funds were acquired to campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari/ Yemi Osinbajo re-election.

Naija News reports that the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, has once again nullified to claims by former spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, that it supported the party’s political campaign with the sum of N40bn.

Recall that the party spokesman had earlier accused FIRS of supporting APC campaigns with the sum of N40bn and N90bn at different periods through Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

It, however, described Frank’s allegation as “wicked, malicious and a calculated attempt” to smear its image and that of the Vice President.

In a statement signed by Head, Communications and Servicom Department, Wahab Gbadamosi, FIRS insisted that Frank’s allegation was a campaign of “calumny, vilifying, libellous, unfounded in fact, irresponsible and a brazen assault on the integrity of the Service.”

Reacting in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP urged the ruling party to come clean on revelations that the N40 billion taxpayers’ money allegedly siphoned from the FIRS and used to finance the 2019 campaigns.

The opposition party slammed agents of the APC for 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 said: “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

“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.

“We invite Nigerians to note how the APC and it’s Federal Government have failed to account for various pillaging of public funds under the Buhari administration, including the N14 trillion stolen through various phony 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).”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.