Kogi poll: APC accuses PDP of squandering state funds

By Oyibo Salihu

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state has alleged that the state had wasted close to N500 billion under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.
In a statement, the Media Head, Prince Abubakar Audu Governorship Campaign Organisation, Dr Tom Ohikere, said despite the dearth of social infrastructure in the state, the PDP government under Governor Idris Wada had continued to “waste money without any proper financial record.”
According to the statement, “the PDP government in Kogi state has received and spent over N500 billion since 2003 without proper financial record to the people.”

Ohikere alleged that the PDP government in the state has been operating as if the state is a personal enterprise, saying that Wada’s administration had refused to render any financial statement thereby negating the principle of stewardship and accountability.
According to him, “it is neither a responsible nor a responsive government; it is a government that is deficient in integrity and bereft of modern democratic principles.”
In a swift reaction , the PDP called on the APC to desist from spreading misinformation, and to first address what it described as the “burden of corruption” hanging on the APC governorship candidate.

Chief Communications Manager to the Governor, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said the choice of Prince Abubakar Audu as the APC governorship flag-bearer flies in the face of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption posture.
He said: “His ambition is a direct clash as it relates to the stand of his party; it is a slap on the Buhari anti-corruption campaign.
“There is the presumption that a man/woman is presumed innocent until proven guilty. But there is a moral burden here. The case has been going long for as long as you can think, with Prince Audu Abubakar employing frivolous injunctions to stall the course of justice.”

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