2023: APC Denies N6.5trn Budget for Vote Buying, Accuses PDP of Spreading Falsehood
By Kabir Akintayo
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the allegation of keeping N6.5trillion to buy votes and compromise election officials as the figment of the imagination of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement signed by APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, on Monday, the party said it is banking on the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and the support of Nigerians to win the 2023 general elections.
The statement read in part:
“The APC wishes to place firmly on record that the document is not of the Party. We neither authored nor own any such document, and it certainly did not emanate from our party.
“In their zealous attempt to mudsling, the document’s authors senselessly alleged that our Party proposes to apply nearly half of the country’s entire 2022 budget to buy votes. How in the world does a government operating a national budget of N17trillion dole out N6.5trillion to rig elections? It clearly betrays the authors’ extreme ignorance of the complexity of the systems and processes for the appropriation and utilization of state funds.
“Our Party is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians in hope that they will reciprocate by supporting and voting for our candidates come 2023 elections. We are a law abiding Party and have no need to engage in any fraud and electoral malpractice suggested in that worthless document.
“Only a party that is a masterful looter of the national treasury such as the PDP can even imagine another capable of engaging in the kinds of atrocious acts the document suggests.
“We urge Nigerians to disregard the document as sleazy propaganda for which the PDP has gained notoriety. “