At the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, President Bola Tinubu’s bloated delegation of 1,411 people has been questioned by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He allegedly has his political henchmen and mistresses crammed within the delegation, which the PDP claims is costing the country a pretty penny. This was said in a statement made by the party’s national publicity secretary in Abuja on Sunday.
“The PDP believes that this incident proves once again that the Tinubu-led APC administration is careless, foolish, and wasteful with the country’s limited resources. This comes at a time when Nigerians are hoping for responsible spending to restore infrastructure, create jobs, and revive the economy.
“The PDP rejects the weak effort by the Presidency to justify the excessive delegation by claiming that legitimate sub-national officials, businesses, journalists, and civil societies are covering the costs of the cronies, mistresses, and other associates of the Presidency who are supposedly attending the conference on the government’s dime,” the PDP stated.
All decent Nigerians, including our party, are horrified by the APC government’s wasteful spending and policies that have encouraged and institutionalised corruption thus far.
“It is truly disheartening to see the APC administration’s attempt to mislead Nigerians, especially considering that the delegation list is already in the public domain.”
To elaborate, Ologunagba asked, “Why would a country whose citizens are dying daily from inability to purchase necessities be willing to fritter its resources and scarce foreign exchange in such a manner?”
What this administration cares about is enriching a small group of people at the expense of the majority of Americans; it doesn’t care about the welfare of the country as a whole.
“Our Party is calling on the President to reveal the names of the federally sponsored delegation to the conference, their significance to the conference, and the total cost to the nation of this sponsorship,” the party said in a statement.
The Nigerian people are well-informed about the Conference and are aware of which officials represent subnational governments and other groups that have financially supported themselves.
“The PDP demands that the National Assembly promptly launch an investigation into this shameful revelation and hold accountable any individual or institution found responsible, in accordance with its constitutional duty under Section 88 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), which grants it the authority to probe and expose corruption by any government agency.
We also want President Tinubu to be prepared to return any federal funds that were used to support someone who doesn’t have anything to do with the conference, according to our party’s demands.
Projects that directly impact the wellbeing of Nigerians should be the recipients of these monies.