The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- led government in the state of borrowing N5 billion to finance the rigging of the forthcoming general election, while the PDP described the allegation as lies extracted from the pit of hell.
According to the publicity secretary of the APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, who stated this in Minna yesterday while addressing journalists, the state ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs borrowed N3 billion, while the state government borrowed N2 billion to make a total debt of N5 billion.
He said that the government borrowed the money for the purpose of buying over security agencies and INEC in the rigging of the election in favour of PDP, calling on the security agencies to stop all unholy alliances with the government.
Meanwhile, the state government has described the APC’s claim as untrue and dismissed it as lies from the pit of hell.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Israel Ebije, the state government called on the opposition party to produce documents to back its claims.
“Though their reckless allegation does not deserve reply, it is however instructive to clarify on the abysmal blackmail of the state opposition has decided to serve the electorate with.”
“it is indeed a serious problem when a political party is so very equipped strange stories constructed from the pit of hell to sell to electorates. For Niger state APC issue-based politics is not simply for them. They are only interested in fabricating lies cheap blackmail and unleashing thugs in their desperate attempt to secure victory”, he said.
He added that: “It is common knowledge that the prevailing economic crunch has made it difficult for many states to pay salaries except for Niger and a few states. It is also common knowledge that no bank will grant any loan to a government in a transition period. It is therefore pathetic for a political party to construct such cheap lies that have no substance”