Group freely gave Buhari #56 million to aid his re-election

Rice farmers Association of Nigeria, Tuesday presented a cheque
of N56.8 million to the National Chairman of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole as part of their contributions
for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group’s donation came just as Oshiomhole, who reacted to
comments by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its
presidential aspirants said they are jittery ahead of the 2019
general elections.
The rice farmers were led to the APC’s national secretariat by the
Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the National
President of the association, Aminu Goronyo. Goronyo, said their
contribution was in appreciation to the over N100 billion loan
facilities the President Buhari-led administration had given to the
farmers.
Oshiomhole said President Buhari had already won the presidential
election with the support already received by 12.2 million rice
farmers across the country, who are registered voters.
In a statement issued yesterday by Oshiomhole’s Chief Press
Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, Governor Bagudu, commended the
efforts made so far by the President Buhari-led administration to
encourage rice farming in Nigeria, adding that “the efforts had
yielded fruit as the cost of a bag of rice today is N13,000”
He also said that most of the farmers are today’s millionaires.
Speaking against the background of criticisms by the PDP over the
donation of N45 million by a group to purchase expression of
interest and nomination forms for the president, Oshiomhole,
mocked the PDP saying they were jealous of the support being
enjoyed by President Buhari across the country.
He said, “our opponents who are jittery, when some faceless
people contributed money for one of the aspirants of PDP. He
looked at them and said I have enough to buy all of you, he cried a
little bit just for the effect.
“Not a word was spoken in the media about the morality or the
legality or illegality of it. I thought the media will ask what is the
morality of those who have nothing giving to the rich?.
“When our own President who does not have, some people tried to
raise money to buy his form, suddenly it became an issue that why
should people buy nomination forms for aspirants.
Oshiomhole spoke of how the party arrived at the cost of
nomination form, saying it had to explain to the President that the
cost of conducting transparent primaries across the country will be
very high and has to be met.
“I told him that Sir, you have many admirers who will contribute the
money,” Oshiomhole said.
He said in the case of President Buhari will need even more money
to prosecute his election because of the party’s decision to hold
direct primaries.
“But I am glad it is the confidence Nigerians have on the
leadership of our President that different groups are contributing
money for his campaign,” he said.
While tackling the PDP, Oshiomhole accused the party of being
involved in many scandals among which was the allegation that its
administration once gave Nigerians poisonous rice.
“One of the scandal that we have had to deal with when I was
governor, was when I had the honour to preside over a meeting of
the governors and the former Custom Controller General was
lamenting to us how people they granted waiver to import rice
exceeded the quota they were given and imported more rice into
the country and he claimed that they defrauded the federal
government about N22 billion in waivers and in excess of what
they brought in.
“My quarrel with the PDP government, why today I celebrate the
defeat of the PDP and I don’t hide it, those criminal act of
poisonous rice being imported into Nigeria was done not through
the back door.
“We saw PDP Ministers lamenting that the rice in our markets were
expired products and I asked, who elected them to lament? They
allowed this expired rice into the country, they proceed to grant
them waivers, they exceed the waivers they are given.

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2 Comments

  1. Ok

  2. Good update

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