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PDP Accuses APC Of Fleecing Nigerians, Describes The FG’s Social Interventions On Coronavirus As A Hoax

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The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has accused the ruling All Progressive Congress APC-led federal government of robbing Nigerians through its social intervention programmes to cushion the effect of the deadly coronavirus pandemic on the country.

In a statement titled; ‘COVID-19 Exposes APC-led FG’s Social Intervention as Hoax…Berates APC For Fleecing Nigerians’ posted on Monday via its verified twitter handle, the party said the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the much-hyped social intervention programmes of the APC and its government as a total hoax.

The party said the manifest failure of the much-orchestrated COVID-19 social palliatives to reach Nigerians, contrary to claims by the APC-led administration also validates allegations that the APC has been using ghost beneficiaries to siphon government resources.

The PDP claimed that “not even a handful of Nigerians has acknowledged receiving any social panacea from government despite claims by officials, of having paid out billions of naira as palliatives to individuals and households.”

It therefore called on Nigerians “to note how officials of the APC-led administration fraudulently sidestepped extant financial regulations and illegally resorted to cash disbursements, directly by a cabinet minister, instead of using Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cash disbursement facility.

PDP added: “Such was part of the design to use few unsuspecting Nigerians to circumvent the system, muddle up financial documentation and accountability processes and facilitate the siphoning of huge chunk of the palliative fund.

“Such practice directly points to fraudulent diversion of funds by APC leaders, who have been using the same template of the discredited social investment programmes, which had been exposed by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, as a fraud, when she, last year, revealed that the N500bn Social Investment Programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration was not getting to the target beneficiaries.”

“The public can now see how the APC-led administration has been using the names of poor Nigerians to loot our national treasury and fritter away billions of naira to finance their wasteful lifestyle while majority of our citizens wallow in hardship and abject poverty. it concluded.

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