The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the National Assembly to investigate the alleged plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to swap N22.5 billion old notes for the new ones for the purpose of buying votes in the forthcoming coming election.
The PDP said the probe is against the backdrop that the Tinubu Campaign has not denied the reported N22.5 billion cash swap for vote buying allegation.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Hon Debo Ologunagba also alleged fresh moves by the Tinubu Campaign to derail the 2023 general elections and put democracy in jeopardy.
Ologunagba said the Tinubu Presidential Campaign allegedly used certain compromised APC members in both Senate and House of Representatives to create tension in the polity and derail the conduct of the elections.
In a statement the PDP spokesman said, “If indeed the APC leadership of both Chambers of the National Assembly are concerned about the biting cash scarcity, we challenge them to publicly condemn the reported plot by APC leaders and its Presidential Campaign, to clandestinely swap a whopping N22.5 billion in old N1000 notes for new ones in Kano and Lagos states for the purpose of vote buying.
We also challenge the APC leadership of the National Assembly to commence an investigation into the N22.5 billion fraudulent cash swap report if truly it is concerned about the suffering and anguish Nigerians are facing in accessing the new Naira notes.
It is instructive to note that the Tinubu Campaign has not denied the reported criminal N22.5 billion cash swap for vote buying. Instead, it has resorted to hauling insults and lame diversionary claims.”
On the alleged plans he said, “There is credible intelligence of how the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu allegedly directed his cronies in the APC leadership of both Houses of the National Assembly to reconvene Plenary and use the Legislative Chambers as platforms to promote incendiary speeches with the view to overheating the polity and making it appear unconducive to conduct elections in the country.
This is in furtherance of the alleged scheme by the APC Presidential Campaign to use all means including APC leadership of the National Assembly to orchestrate security situations that will justify its reported demands to postpone elections as a prelude to the derailment of the electoral process, having realized that it has no chance in the elections.
“Our party has been made aware of a deceptive design by the APC leadership in both Chambers of the National Assembly to reconvene Plenary under the guise of being concerned about the hardship faced by Nigerians due to the scarcity of new Naira notes induced and aggravated by the exposed sinister diversion of new Naira notes by the Tinubu Campaign.
“Further information indicates that the Tinubu Presidential Campaign, which is reportedly intercepting new Naira notes for vote buying purposes, has also directed the APC leadership in the National Assembly to use their Legislative instruments to pressure and compromise financial institutions to succumb to their cash diversion agenda.
“Nigerians can now note the real motive behind the recent statement credited to the APC leadership of the National Assembly where it attempted to justify its plan to reconvene the National Assembly at this time.”
The PDP advised the APC presidential candidate to end his resort to underhand dealings, particularly the attempt to compromise the National Assembly.