The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for opposing to things that are critical to national interest, stating that the former ruling party does not understand that "winning the peace is as important as winning the war".
APC made this statement in response to the criticisms by PDP who questioned why the ruling party would need the sum of $1bn to defeat an already defeated terrorist group known as the Boko Haram.
The former ruling party had accused the APC-led government of taking contradictory actions to its initial claims that the Boko Haram has been technically defeated by approving the withdrawal of $1bn to tackle the group.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi in response to PDP stated that there was no contradiction in proclaiming the insurgency as technically defeated and still needing the sum of $1bn to get rid of the group finally.
According to Abdullahi, PDP had during its reign approved the sum of $2bn for the same purpose of battling the Boko Haram but diverted the funds which was the reason for their fears over the recent approval of $1bn by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).
"We can understand why it is easy for the PDP to arrive at its ludicrous allegation. A similar approval in excess of $2bn was granted to the PDP government when they were in power".
"They knew what they did with the money. It is a classic case of a serial killer who sees even a table knife as a murder weapon".
"The PDP presided over a government that made it possible for money meant for weapons to be diverted into paying marabouts and all manner of political jobbers ahead of the 2015 elections".
"Therefore, the PDP thinks the same thing is about to happen. They have not realised that it is a new day and President Muhammadu Buhari will not play politics with money meant to protect the lives of innocent Nigerians or allow anyone to engage in such brigandage that Nigerians suffered under the PDP".
"The PDP does not understand that winning the peace is as important as winning the war. There is, therefore, no contradiction in saying that Boko Haram is technically defeated and saying that more weapons and training are needed for our military and the military of neighbouring countries whose cooperation is necessary to finally rid our countries of the menace of Boko Haram".
"APC understands the pressure that the PDP is facing in its attempt to justify its role as an opposition party. It, however, advised the PDP that the role of an opposition party was not the same as opposing everything, including those things critical to national interest".
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the claims made by Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose who stated that the Federal Government (FG) sorely approved the withdrawal of the $1bn from the ECA to fight the Boko Haram and not the governors as reported.
Osinbajo dismissed the claims made by Fayose, insisting that it was the NGF who approved the withdrawal of the funds in order improve national security.
The VP said;
"It was after a national security summit of the National Economic Council that Governors at their forum decided to approve some money for national security”.
Last week, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) approved the withdrawal of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) in order to tackle the dreaded terrorist sect. known as the Boko Haram. [Read here if you missed it]