PDP Blasts Presidency Over INEC meeting, TSA

PDP Blasts Presidency Over INEC meeting, TSA

Chris Steven, Abuja

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday took the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government frowned at the recent meeting with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the controversies surrounding the handling of the remittances of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The party added that the federal government’s double tongue on the meeting with INEC and the TSA was nothing but evidence of corruption.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh also said that PDP is compiling list of governors in All Progressives Congress (APC) facing corruption charges.

Metuh challenged President Buhari’s government to show transparency and be bold and honest enough to come out clear on the remittances and operation of the TSA instead of trying to use the veneer of politics to hide the rot already simmering under the APC administration.

He said: “The PDP has watched with keen interest some disturbing recent development, particularly, the exchange of words between the National Assembly and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Executive over the controversies surrounding the handling of the remittances in the
Treasury Single Account (TSA) as well as the conflicting statements between the Presidency and INEC on the revelation of secret meetings between the two bodies on Kogi governorship election.

“On the controversies trailing the operations of the TSA, the conflicting statements emanating from the federal executive, via the minister of
information and the CBN underscore the fear being raised by the Senate that there may have been underhand deals in the process.

“Whereas the Senate has ordered its committee on finance and public accounts to investigate the remitting and handling of N2.5 trillion into the TSA, the federal executive, through the minister of information, had
earlier informed the nation that the sum of N1.4 trillion has been remitted, while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) put its figure at below a trillion and announced an estimated collectable amount of N1.2
trillion.

“The PDP finds this discordant tune and Monday’s brazen attack by the
minister of information on whistle blowers as completely unacceptable
and contradictory of a government that rode to power on the garb of ‘Mr. Clean’.

“This is addition to the fact that the firm handling the TSA remittances has been given the leeway to rake millions of naira into unknown purses from fees charged MDAs for training of their personnel involved in the TSA.”

Metuh also called on Nigerians and the international community to noted the inconsistency in the denials by the
presidency and INEC regarding the revelation of their secret meetings to
plot the manipulation of Saturday’s Kogi state governorship election to ensure victory for the All Progressives Congress. (APC).

“While INEC outrightly denied ever holding any such meeting with the Presidency, the President, through his media aide, Garba Shehu, acknowledged holding the secret meeting, but said it lasted only five
minutes.

“We ask, who do Nigerians believe; the Presidency or INEC? The fact remains that the contradictions betray the element of conspiracy by this APC administration to rig the Kogi governorship election,” he said.

Metuh further revealed the plan by APC to forcefully take-over Kogi state, adding that the party “is now flooding the state with corrupt money ostensibly to sway the people and purchase their mandate. This primitive attempt at vote-buying is not only an insult on the people of Kogi state but also setback to efforts towards credible elections in Nigeria.”

PDP spokesman however called on Nigerians to note that all the inconsistencies,
double-speaks and flip-flops were clear evidence of a government with a
dubious intention; even as it continues in the attempts to make Nigerians believe that it is transparent in its dealings.