The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) of wasting its own share of the saved fuel subsidy fund. Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh who made the allegation said ACN is yet to show Nigerians the programmes they will execute with their own shares of the saved fuel subsidy funds. According to him, instead of telling Nigerians what it wants to do, it is rather politicizing the Subsidy Re-Investment Programme (SURE-P) initiative of the PDP-led Federal Government.
Metuh who was reacting to media reports by the ACN that the SURE-P fund was being shared to PDP members, noted that the reports were part of a grand plot by the opposition to unnecessarily stir up animosity among the people and ensure that they do not benefit from government programmes. He alleged that leaders of ACN who are noted for siphoning public funds are clearly frustrated that the PDP SURE-P initiative is yielding results. “To say the least, we found it nauseating that the opposition would want to play politics with every thing including a programme meant for the benefit of all Nigerians. We are aware that this is part of a grand plot by the ACN to stir up animosity among peace loving Nigerians and prevent them from benefitting from the programme.
“The SURE-P initiative is a programme of the PDP-led Federal Government for the benefit all Nigerians. PDP members are Nigerians and we will be happy if they were truly patronized instead of the money going to the pocket of an individual as obtainable in the camp of the ACN where funds meant for the people are diverted to the pocket of a godfather.
“We challenge the opposition to come out and tell Nigerians what programmes they have in their respective states for their own shares of the saved fuel subsidy fund. It is clear that by every indication they have none, as the funds would have since been diverted to the pocket of their godfather. The leaders of the opposition parties are used to frittering away funds meant for the people. They are not happy that Nigerians are benefitting from the SURE-P and are hell bent on using any means to discredit the programme and deny the people the benefits”, the party said in a statement”, Metuh said in a statement.