How PDP politicians raided NNPC, carted away $20bn – Presidency
The presidency on Sunday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleging that its politicians robbed the NNPC and stole $20 billion during their last year in power.
The president was responding to a PDP statement today in which the party branded the APC-led administration as a failure.
The presidency said in a statement released by its spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Sunday that the PDP was attempting to hide the PDP’s long and damaging period in office, which the Muhammadu Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had worked hard to repair over the past seven years.
“We cannot forget under PDP, the nation had an army full of phantom soldiers whose pay went to PDP politicians’ pockets while our under-resourced real soldiers died in the fight against terrorist insurgents and our international allies refused to supply Nigeria kit and military aid.
“Today with the APC, the army is resourced, we have fighter jets from our partners, Boko Haram is being driven from every inch of Nigerian territory, and ISWA’s leader eliminated in a Nigerian airstrike.
“We cannot ignore how PDP politicians sought – and continue to seek – to inflame ethnic and religious tensions by refusing to even proffer a solution to the herder-farmer clashes which became most prevalent under their misrule.
“Today with APC in government, there are ranches on Federal land and in state land where there is the willingness to establish them. Clashes are reduced. Lives are saved, and livelihoods are enriched,” the presidency said.
According to the presidency, “We will always remember how PDP politicians intentionally encouraged and exploited the black market in currency exchange to convert ill-gotten gains to foreign currency and undermine our national currency, then spirited their funds abroad in their billions and into foreign bank accounts.
“Today with APC we support our national currency; we have achieved self-sufficiency in rice and fertilizer production; we refuse to allow greedy politicians and businessmen to hide their money overseas, and instead build an economy here in Nigeria for all.
“We will always know how PDP politicians raided the NNPC, consistently failed to pay into the Federation Account and, in the last year of PDP misrule, $20 billion dollars was simply found “missing”.
“Today with APC, funds from NNPC are directly and transparently used to fund social and health programmes – such as COVID-19 response, the construction of roads, bridges and rail, and equipping of hospitals to cope with new and existing challenges.
“And then there are those PDP leaders in attendance who signed the Communique. Who would trust such people with the running of our country?
“Who can believe a word these people say, as they looked outwardly stylish but harrowed by power-sharing and other troubles inwardly?”
The presidency added that these people, who played politics of division and hate, created communal disturbances, needed to change.
It said the governors reeled out numbers on the economy, pretending as if the once-in-a-life COVID-19 pandemic, with its huge and devastating effect, disrupting global supply chains, uniformly battering the world economy never happened.
The presidency insisted that Covid-19 brought suffering and hardship to the doorstep of the entire global community-less maybe, of the affluent and pretentious PDP Governors-and that to the credit of this administration, Nigeria’s economy recovered faster and stronger than the entire world ever imagined.
It added: “Check the facts and leave the politics: What does the country get with this kind of gimmick?”
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