The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the alleged secret release of over N16.6 billion Paris Club fund to Osun State is a corrupt act. In a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP alleged that its investigation had revealed that the N16.67billion is to be diverted as bribe to INEC officials, compromised international observers as well as hoodlums contracted by the APC in its desperate plot to rig the September 22, 2018 Osun governorship elections.” Ologbondiyan said it is reprehensible that there is such a “dark scheme to convert funds meant for payment of several months’ arrears of workers’ salaries to bribe electoral officers and pay thugs to foist a rejected leadership on an already impoverished people.”
The PDP claimed it has further become aware of how part of the fund will be moved to private company accounts as well as various hidden locations for the compromised INEC officials and APC leaders. The party charged the people of Osun State, particularly the workers, to reject what it called “direct assault on their rights, sensibilities and survival as a people by the APC.”
The PDP noted that President Buhari and the APC benefitted from credible elections conducted by the PDP in 2015, but are bent on destroying Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy just because Nigerians have rejected them. The statement further noted: “Nevertheless, in spite of these machinations, the PDP wants the APC to know that it has not retracted the resolve to contend with it head to head, in all ramifications and magnitude, to discomfit and dismantle its rigging machinery, beginning with September 22, 2018 Osun state governorship election.
“The PDP commends state governors, particularly a few in the APC, who have spoken out against this sneaky act by the Buhari Presidency. Our party will continue to work with these patriotic individuals in the overall quest to free our nation from the shackles and misrule of the Buhari-led APC,” he said.