Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) criticised the commencement of an independent revenue e-collection scheme as a late attempt by the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to plug loopholes resulting from alleged financial mishandling.
The opposition said the scheme, under the Treasury Single Account initiative, was "too little too late" and only predicated on the anticipation of an inevitable win by APC's General Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 presidential elections
"Some of the policies the Federal Government’s are aimed at protecting itself from the inevitability of Muhammadu Buhari win and his zero tolerance for corruption and stealing of state funds," Director of Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCCO), Malam Garba Shehu, said.
“These are obviously last-minute attempts by the President Goodluck Jonathan government to plug loopholes in federal revenue collection by centralizing the process, a clear reaction to their expectation of General Muhammadu Buhari’s coming to power.”
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Shehu said one of such move is the Federal Government new directive that all revenue collections of government agencies, which used to be deposited in banks, should now be sent directly to the Consolidated Revenue Fund at the Central Bank of Nigeria through electronic payment channels.
“They didn’t do this all these years and now with barely four weeks to go, they suddenly think this is essential," Shehu added.
"It is even more suspicious when viewed along with the report of the inauguration of the Automated Aviation Revenue Project by the Ministry of Aviation. These people are clearly plugging the loopholes, obviously having stolen enough."
Shehu recalled Buhari’s declaration at a Lagos town hall meeting last month that corruption would drop a significant percentage immediately he was announced winner of the elections, even before he began to take formal measures to stem official graft.
“This is a clear manifestation of what the Buhari said. They know they have only four weeks left in government and they have started covering their tracks.”