The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging President Muhammadu Buhari to publish details of the 2020 budget.
In a communique issued through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, the PDP asks the Presidency should “make public the details of the presidency allocation for Nigerians to see the billion being spent to finance the opulent lifestyle of the Buhari Presidency, despite Mr. President’s claims of prudence and sacrifice.”
The PDP said it is “unacceptable that President Buhari, in his budget speech, could not give account of his handling of the 2019 budget and had to resort to lame excuses and unsupported figures, particularly on the various unimplemented subheads in critical sectors of the economy.”
“Moreover, Mr. President failed to explain why his administration has remained hugely corrupt and how his Presidency depleted our foreign reserves to an all time low $41,852 billion, accumulated huge foreign and domestic debts and kept the naira at its knees at about N360 to $1USD under his watch,” PDP stated.
The opposition party says the N10.7 trillion 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly will further impoverish Nigerians and mortgage the future of the nation, adding that the core of the budget remains “hazy, showing streaks of padding, fraudulent duplication, replete with false performance indices, deceptive projections and inexplicable expenditure assertions which create openings for continued looting of our national patrimony by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and persons close to the Presidency”.
The PDP insisted that it is inexcusable that despite the huge natural resources at the President disposal, he articulated a N10.7 trillion budget which they claim is completely lacking in concrete wealth creation strategy but relies on further squeezing of Nigerians through excruciating taxes, levies and agonizing tolls.
The party described as unacceptable that the budget is skewed to serve the interest of the opulent, stating that projects that have direct bearing on the wellbeing of the masses were not substantially accommodated in the overall expenditure profile.
The PDP claimed that such cannot happen under the Atiku Abubakar economic recovery blueprint for which Nigerians voted massively the PDP in the 2019 Presidential election.
The party also criticized the Buhari-led administration for allegedly not being transparent in the mammoth allocations for “alleged vague projects”.
“Standing with millions of Nigerian youths and women, our party rejects the paltry budgets of N48 billion for education and N46 billion for health and urges the National Assembly to review the allocations in the interest of Nigerians.