senateRuling All Progressives Congress, APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been exchanging bitter words over whether or not the APC will approve the N5, 000 per/a jobless Nigerian promised by President Muhammadu Buhari during his campaign.
On Tuesday, the caucus of the PDP raised the matter on the floor of the Senate even as the APC dominated, the upper chamber shouted down the opposition.
The PDP insisted that Nigerians voted for Buhari because of that promise and so he is obligated to fulfil it, noting that not fulfilling it will amount to lying to Nigerians and deceiving the innocent voter.
The party’s position was reiterated in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, “it is absolutely obvious to all that the APC came to power riding on monumental lies and deceit in making promises they had no intentions to keep. All they wanted was to get into power and they achieved this with their lying tongues.
“From the foregoing therefore, Nigerians should not expect any sincere action from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government on the other promises including monthly allowance to discharged but unemployed NYSC members, free meals and scholarship to school children, free houses, bringing the naira to the same value with the dollar.
“Our position remains that the APC has sufficiently confirmed to the world that they have a lot to learn on the leadership values of honesty, integrity, credibility and forthrightness.”
But the APC countered stressing that it is yet to fulfil the promise because it was not captured in this year’s budget, and because President Buhari has been busy trying to clear the mess the PDP government left when they exited power.
National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, “the Buhari administration has been busy putting into place measures that will make it possible to start the implementation of this project. Such measures include the introduction of the Treasury Single Account, TSA.
”We are happy to inform Nigerians that as at the end of September 2015, over N1.4 trillion, which hitherto was lying unproductively in various commercial banks, has been recovered and paid into the TSA.”
It noted further, “It is therefore astonishing that the same PDP, which is becoming more and more infamous for its penchant for peddling half-truths and sensationalising every issue, will rush to the press to celebrate the figment of its imagination that the APC will not fulfil its campaign promise regarding the payment.
”Contrary to the disinformation being peddled by the PDP, the Buhari administration is poised to lift millions of Nigerians out of extreme poverty by providing social protection and safety nets with another N2.5 trillion Special Intervention Fund.”

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