Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is deceitful and incompetent, owing to its continuous payment of petrol subsidy, The Cable reports.
Moghalu made this known in a statement issued by Jide Akintunde, his spokesman, on Wednesday.
He made reference to the alleged diversion of $1.05 billion from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC).
The senate has set up an ad hoc committee to probe the alleged diversion.
The YPP presidential candidate accused the federal government of breaking the law by not remitting the dividends into the federation’s consolidated revenue account.
By law, dividends from the nation’s 49% equity stake in NLNG should be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation where the money would be shared by the three tiers of government. The federal government is also required by law to secure budgetary approval from the National Assembly to fund its fiscal commitments, including petrol subsidy,” the statement read.
“But instead of obeying the relevant laws, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, through the NNPC, has been breaking the law by secretly diverting NLNG dividends to pay for petrol subsidy that was not budgeted for.
“According to various media reports, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, last week, told the Senate ad hoc committee investigating alleged $3.5 billion account kept by NNPC for petrol subsidy that only $1.05 billion has been taken from the NLNG dividends fund to defray the cost of “under-recovery” in the importation of fuel.
“The illegal payment of fuel subsidy shows the President Buhari administration is not transparent. His government is also deceitful and acting contrary to its claims of fighting corruption.
“The continuation of petrol subsidy secretly after 67% increase in the pump price of petrol by Buhari shows incompetence in economic management and political will to reform the petroleum industry.”
Moghalu said the sums diverted to the “fuel subsidy scam” could accomplish much in education, human capital development and police reform.
Listing his plans to reform the oil sector, he promised to abolish fuel subsidy in 2019, if elected president.