The Senate on Wednesday ordered an investigation into an alleged use of the Federal Government’s special intervention project funds for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
This followed a motion by Senate Minority Leader Biodun Olujimi, claiming that the funds had become “politicised” as beneficiaries were being asked to write their names, gender and details of permanent voter cards (PVCs).
“Right now, the funds are being used for political reasons and they are being dispensed and given freely to those people who can bring up their PVCs. One of the forms is here with me. They are now using the funds meant for all Nigerians for political reasons.
“This is one of the forms (raising it), which has on it, ‘I stand with Buhari’. It has a place where your PVC will be written alongside your gender and an attachment from Access Bank where money will be disbursed to you.
“There is no corruption greater than people using our collective fund to maintain a political party. There is a need for a committee to be set up to look into this issue,” Olujimi said.
There was uproar on the floor as Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan called for the investigation not to be turned into a political weapon.
But after Saraki gave the floor to Senator Dino Melaye to move his point of order, Olujimi’s motion was seconded.
The Senate then adopted the prayer that the probe should be apolitical and also called for an investigation into the Sure-P programme of the previous administration.