APC Speaks On Alleged Plan To Spend N6.5 Trillion On 2023 Poll

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a purported leaked document claiming it budgeted N6.5 trillion for vote-buying to ensure victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Felix Morka, the APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, described the document as fake and the handiwork of mischief-makers.

“The attention of the APC has been drawn to a document in circulation described as leaked APC 2023 Election Document.

“Mischievously, the document alleged that our party has voted a whooping N6.5trillion to fund schemes aimed at swaying the Nigerian electorate to support and vote for the party and its presidential candidate in 2023.

“Ridiculously, too, the document alleged that obscene amounts of money have been voted for outright vote-buying, compromising INEC staff, security operatives, judicial officers and other officials.

“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,’’ Mr Morka said.

He said the document was the handiwork of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its desperate quest for unmerited electoral advantage by attempting to smear the APC with wrongdoing.

Mr Morka said in its zealous attempt to mudsling, the document’s authors alleged that the APC proposed to spend nearly half of the country’s entire 2022 budget on vote-buying.

The APC scribe wondered how a government operating a national budget of N17 trillion would dole out N6.5trillion to rig election.

This, he said, clearly betrayed the authors’ extreme ignorance of the complexity of the systems and processes for the appropriation and utilisation of state funds.

He said the APC was focused on delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians in hope that they would reciprocate by supporting and voting for its candidates in the 2023 general elections.

He added that the party was law-abiding and had no need to engage in fraud or electoral malpractice to win an election as suggested by the document.

“We urge Nigerians to disregard the document as sleazy propaganda for which the PDP has gained notoriety.

“The APC remains committed to building an innovative system of free and credible elections as witnessed in the recently concluded Ekiti State governorship election,’’ Mr Morka said.

-NAN

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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