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PDP dangles dollars to lure back defected federal lawmakers, says APC



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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP of using public  funds to lure back some of the federal lawmakers who have defected from  the ruling party to the APC, condemning what it called political horse  trading
carried too far.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its Interim National  Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the PDP, in an  unprecedented show of desperation, has rolled out a mouth-watering  enticement package that promises 2 million US dollars to each Senator  who returns to the PDP; 1 million US dollars to each member of the House of Representatives, and 10 million dollars to each ‘leader’ who  abandons the APC for PDP.
It said the price tag for the federal legislators from Rivers State is even higher, at 5 million dollars each.
But the APC said there is no cause for alarm, as no amount of inducements  will stop the change that is in the horizon, because the long-suffering  people of Nigeria are ready and eager to vote out the PDP next year.
The party said the five House of Representatives members who have taken the PDP’s killer bait when they defected to the APC, were neither forced to do so nor given any incentive beyond the rare opportunity offered them  to be a part of the looming change.
It expressed the hope that the double defectors will declare the blood  money they have collected from the PDP to those who voted them into  office, and also pretend to be democratic by sharing the money with  them.
”Nigerians can now see why their country has gone broke; why the allocation to  states from the Federation Account has continued to dwindle, and why  infrastructures have either remained decrepit or non-existent. It is not difficult to imagine the number of boreholes that 10 million dollars  can sink, or how far such a huge amount will go in building cottage  hospitals and health clinics.
”Things are bound to get worse in the days ahead because the desperate PDP  will, more and more, use public funds to try to change the course of  history. We therefore urge Nigerians to remain resolute in the face of  what will be a wave of inducements never before seen in these climes,  because there is no going back on the plan to vote out the PDP next year and save Nigeria from a rapacious and inept leadership,” APC said.

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