- Some traders in Abuja defended the government's Tradermoni programme
- According to the traders, the social scheme should not stop because of an election
- The traders said the scheme should not be considered vote-buying
A Coalition of Traders at one of Abuja’s largest markets, Wuse, has said that the federal government’s Social Intervention Programmes, particularly Tradermoni, should not be stopped just because it is election season.
Vanguard reports that the traders spoke on Monday, February 11, saying there was no correlation between the scheme and vote-buying as claimed by some critics.
Oluwatoyin Badmus who is the leader of the coalition said the welfare of the people is important and should not be halted just because it is election season.
She said: “Most of our people here are beneficiaries of Tradermoni. They (government) came here and gave us money and they did not ask for our Permanent Voter Cards PVCs, except our names. Tradermoni is not vote-buying unlike the propaganda being sold to Nigerians by the PDP.
“Government does not have to halt its programmes just because some partisan politicians would view it differently because we are in an election season. Are they saying the federal government should stop all its developmental programmes because we are in an he action period.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives dismissed the allegations that the Buhari-led administration’s TraderMoni empowerment programme was aimed at buying votes ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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