- NASS has been urged by the PDP to channel the N10.069 billion presidential funds to paying the pensions and salaries of suffering Kogi state workers
- According to the PDP, the request by the president is an inexcusable injury to the people of Kogi, and an endorsement of corruption
- The PDP urged the president to resist attempts by his handlers and Governor Bello to drag his presidency into a shameful attempt to steal funds that ought to go to the suffering Kogi masses
The National Assembly has been urged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to invoke its statutory powers and directly channel the N10.069 billion presidential funds to paying the pensions and salaries of suffering Kogi state workers.
The opposition party made the call in a communique signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, Channels reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the PDP said it is scandalous for the presidency to seek to “mislead the National Assembly by asserting that the fund is for projects done by the state government on behalf of the federal government, when in reality no one can point to any such project executed by Governor Yahaya Bello in the last four years.”
According to the PDP, the request by the president is an inexcusable injury to the people of Kogi, and an endorsement of corruption.
The party challenged the presidency to name and point to the particular project executed by Governor Bello, if it has no intention of pushing the fund to the governor for anti-people purposes.
The PDP also urged the presidency to make the terms and payment agreements public for Nigerians to see.
It said: “If the Buhari presidency means well for Kogi state, it should reward 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.
“Mr President cannot claim to be unaware of the critical situation of workers in Kogi state. He cannot claim to be unaware that workers in Kogi state are being owed, in some cases up to 36 months, and that retirees and seniors are dying over non payments of their pensions after giving the best of their lives in public service.
“The PDP therefore urges President Buhari to resist attempts by his handlers and Governor Bello to drag his presidency into this shameful attempt to steal fund that ought to go to the suffering masses in Kogi state.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari requested the Senate's approval to pay N10.069 billion as settlement of promissory note to the Kogi state government.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan read President Buhari's letter of request on the floor of the Senate.
According to Lawan, Buhari's letter was “requesting for the resolution of the National Assembly on the issuance of N10.069 billion for promissory note programme of Kogi state and a bond issuance to settle inherited debt."
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