The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, of diverting funds meant for Military equipment and welfare of Soldiers fighting insurgency in the North-East, to produce partisan materials for the All Progressives Congress, APC, re-election campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was made known in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola
Ologbondiyan, which was sent to Post-Nigeria.
The PDP accused the Defence Minister of diverting part of the Military funds to produce APC’s campaign materials, including an electronic momento book, on which he ascribed credit to himself and the APC, while Soldiers suffer neglect in the war front.
The party said that the placing of APC logo alongside that of the Ministry of Defence on the momento, “confirms our position that the Buhari Presidency has compromised our defence architecture for the President’s re-election project.”
It added: “Our party considers it insensitive and a gross impunity for the Minister of Defence to be engaging in patronising soverniers for President Buhari, at a time when our Soldiers are being killed in their numbers.
“It is also instructive to note that President Muhammadu Buhari, as Mr. Integrity, has not reprimanded the Minister, ostensibly, given that the diversion of public funds for his re-election campaign, is now a policy of the APC and the Buhari Presidency”, the statement noted.
It added further: “Nigerians can now see how the Buhari Presidency and the APC, have turned the Ministry of Defence into their Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), to fund their re-election, at the detriment of our citizens, who are being daily attacked by insurgents and marauders in various parts of our country.
“There is a fixation in the Buhari Presidency on winning the 2019 elections at all cost, even at the expense of the lives of Nigerians.
“The PDP notes that with these revelations, the APC has proven to be a soulless mob, which has no interest in the good of our nation, but desperate to hang onto power by all means.
“The party therefore, calls for an open investigation into the handling of Military funds to unravel those benefitting from the racket, especially given allegation that some persons close to the President are being used as conduits to fritter public funds for President Buhari’s re-election and their wasteful lifestyles.”