The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the social intervention programmes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its government as a “total hoax”.
PDP in a statement issued by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olognondiyan, Monday held that “APC leaders and the cabal have been fleecing our nation through the social incentives programme rather than deploying it to benefit the people.
The party claimed that “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 party described as alarming and revealing that not even a handful of Nigerians have acknowledged receiving any social panacea from government despite claims by officials, of having paid out billions of naira as palliatives to individuals and households.
“The PDP invites 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.
“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.”