The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization, APCPCO, Monday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of spending N1 trillion from the public coffers to sponsor his campaigns.
APCPCO, who alleged that the money was used in funding what it described as the hate campaign launched against the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari, also disclosed that it was also used to buy over traditional rulers and some major interest groups. Vanguard report.
However, the allegation was immediately disregarded by the Jonathan group yesterday which accused the Buhari campaign of being held with fear of losing the election.
While urging Nigerians to think twice before voting this Saturday, the Director, Media and Publicity of the Buhari campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu revealed that Jonathan should have resorted to showcasing his legacies in office instead of sharing money.
“We will like to bring to your attention and that of Nigerians how the President Goodluck Jonathan led Peoples Democratic Party government is wasting one trillion Naira that belong to Nigerian people in his self-serving and desperate bid for a re-election at all cost in the midst of grinding poverty his party and government has subjected Nigerians to in the last 16 years.”
Reacting to the use of money to buy over traditional rulers and some major interest groups. Shehu said: “President Jonathan has been criss-crossing Nigeria giving an average of N50 million each to traditional rulers, most especially in the South West and the Northern parts of Nigeria. This week, the President’s campaign money is being shipped to the North.
“You will recall that a Pastor recently confirmed that N7 billion was given to Pastors to spread unfounded allegations of Islamaphobia and scare mongering against Gen Buhari and other APC leaders.
“A fraction of the trillion naira hate campaign expenditure will fund the APC programme of feeding primary school pupils in Nigeria on one nutritional meal a day, comfortably pay N5000 monthly to 25 million very poor Nigerians for a year and pay unemployment benefit for one year for graduates who can’t find gainful employment one year after NYSC which are core to the social welfare programmes of the APC Federal government Gen Buhari will lead.