Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, has stated that the allegations by Senator Biodun Olujimi that the federal government of Nigeria was sharing Social Intervention Funds to the All Progressives Congress, APC, loyalists to get votes were distractions.
Reacting to the allegation on Thursday in Abuja, he said the Senate Minority leader and the PDP did not have anything to accuse the ruling party, hence, they resorted to creating tension through false alarm.
Lawan insisted that the social intervention funds, which were domiciled in the office of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was the most successful scheme targeted at the people since the return to democracy in 1999.
He lampooned the Peoples Democratic Party for daring to accuse the ruling party of distributing the forms to APC members across the country, adding that the party lacked morality to do so in the first place.
“In 1999, there was empowerment programme by the PDP administration and the sum of N10 billion was stolen. ”
“PDP had Sure-P scheme funded by the last administration and it was fraud which you and I know.”
“Well, the Minority leader came under a point of order to complain that the APC government was using Social Intervention Funds to gain advantage and she came with a paper to show. Unfortunately, I did not see that paper. ”
The lawmaker added that it was impossible for anybody to manipulate the programme.
“The social intervention funds were computer-based. It is not easy to manipulate. Anyone can access it once the platform is available.”
He revealed that the scheme was costing the FG over N29 billion every months.
Recall that Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Biodun Olujimi had on Wednesday on the floor of the red Chambers accused the ruling APC of bias in the sharing of Social Intervention Funds.
She said the forms have been designed to capture people loyal to the ruling party in order to earn their votes in 2019.
The Federal government had since denied the allegations.Source: