By Chijindu Emeruwa
Abia Progressive Watchmen,(APW), a group in the Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress,APC, has cried out that the party is being shortchanged by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led government in the state in the distribution of the 75 billion Survival Fund, approved by the federal government.
The group described the alleged act as unfair, mischievous and deceitful, berating undeserved encomium on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and his government for a program Abia state government has zero input in, while completely refusing to acknowledge the federal government and the APC who were the real initiators and sponsors of the program.
APW, in a press statement jointly signed by Pastor Dike Nwankwo, Ferdinand Ekeoma, Maxwell Nwadike Nwabueze Onwuneme, Barrister Tochukwu Ananaba, Mr. Austin Okezie and made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, posited that the 75 billion Naira Survival Fund was a creation of the APC led federal government which is an intervention economic program rolled out to assist less privileged Nigerians, including Abians and to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The APC group called on the federal government and the leadership of the party in Abia state, as a matter of urgent public importance, intervene to quickly put a stop to the misrepresentation that has been sustained by the PDP led Abia state government against the President Buhari-led administration.
Parts of the statement read, “We feel highly appalled by the glaring deceit and provocative misrepresentation made in the said press release by the PDP led Abia state government and thus wish to state the following:
“It was the same deceitful strategy that was adopted by the PDP led Abia state government during the N-power program,which was unjustly turned to a PDP empowerment program to the point that most beneficiaries were made to have the impression that it was an Abia state government empowerment program, and thus were mandated to bring their PVC before they could benefit from the empowerment funds. The PDP led government used this undemocratic strategy of coercion to stampede vulnerable electorates into voting for them in the 2019 general election against the wil of such voters.
“It’s unfair and hypocritical for a government that has not seen the need to embark on pro people economic programs aimed at ameliorating the economic challenges confronting Abians to always be at the forefront of falsely laying claims to federal government sponsored empowerment programs.
“The content and tone of the release issued by Abia state government on the 75 Billion Naira Survival Fund clearly showed that the PDP led government was out to politicize the program and take undue credit for it.
“We observe that it is such deliberate misinformation that has led Abia State citizens into believing that the President Buhari led Federal government and the APC do not mean well for the people of the South East, thereby causing avoidable restiveness in the region”.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, Godswill Nwanoruo and Mr. Chinenye Nwogu, both officials of the Abia State government could not be reached for comment on the allegations by the opposition APC group in the state.
Akelicious recalls that the Abia State Commissioner for Transport, Godswill Nwanoruo and Abia Focal person for the FG 75 Billion naira Survival Fund, Chinenye Nwogu, had announced government’s disbursement of the sum of N30,0000 (Thirty Thousand Naira) each to 5000 Abia commercial motorists from the Federal Government N75 Bllion Survival Fund.