S/West PDP slams ACN over criticism of SURE-P, says the party must account for over N10bn subsidy fund

By Lere Olayinka

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West has described as mischievous and laughable, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) claim that the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) has been hijacked by the PDP to empower only the party's members, saying; "it is politics taken to a bizarre level and we hope these characters in the ACN won't criticise God for creating human being in His own image one day."

The PDP, which accused ACN-controlled States of syphoning their own share of the Subsidy Fund, added that; "Instead of making noise on the implementation of the federal government's SURE-P, the party should rather account for over the N10 billion Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Edo States share of the Subsidy Fund."

In a statement signed by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hon. Kayode Babade, the PDP said; "We just read a statement from the ACN loudmouth, Lai Mohammed, claiming that the PDP-controlled federal government was using part of the funds accruing to the programme to empower the party's cronies ahead of the 2015 general elections, instead of using it for the benefit of all Nigerians.

"The questions that we wish to ask the ACN is; assuming but not conceding that only PDP members and supporters are benefiting from the SURE-P programme, are the supposed PDP members and supporters not Nigerians?

"Who are the beneficiaries of the ACN controlled States' share of the Subsidy Fund because the fund is shared among the Federal Government, States and Local Councils?

"As at today, there is no State in Nigeria that has not received more than N1.5 billion as its share of the Subsidy Fund and if the PDP-controlled federal government is empowering Nigerians with its own share, to whose pocket has the over N10 billion received by the ACN-controlled States gone?"

While berating the party for insulting traditional rulers in Yorubaland by accusing them of being used as conduit to distribute SURE-P funds, the PDP said; "Such a statement insinuating that our revered traditional rulers are being used to steal public fund is to say the least, reckless.

"It goes to further demonstrate the hatred these elements in the ACN have for our traditional institution and they must withdraw the statement and apologise to our Obas.

"As against their claim, Obas in the South-West have been very supportive in mobilising their people for the SURE-P and that was demonstrated particularly in Ekiti State where the Obas released their palaces for use for the distribution of the SURE-P recruitment forms for all and sundry."


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