Daniel Bwala, spokesman for Atiku Abubakar, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to circumvent the recently announced withdrawal limit policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to him, the ruling party fears that the policy will affect its alleged plot to rig the upcoming election through what it called the “bullion van” policy.
The main financial institution had announced on January 31, 2023 the withdrawal from circulation of the old naira notes.
However, Senator Ali Ndume, from the ruling party, during Wednesday’s plenary session tabled a motion to promote the extension of the withdrawal policy until June 30 next year, citing its potential consequences for Nigerians.
Ndume, who criticized the timing of the policy, said the new notes have not been in circulation since their implementation on December 15.
The lawmaker insisted that Nigerians would face more difficulties if the date for the withdrawal of the old naira notes is not extended.
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Bwala, who reacted to the development on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Friday, accused the ruling party of schemes to circumvent the policy.
The PDP leader said the ruling party’s resistance to the policy was to prevent free, fair and credible elections next year.
“Politics will destroy Buhari’s legacy if it is allowed to spread. The policy is intended to address the bullion van policy. Why is the extension proposal. But the point is that we must protect the sanctity of voters and their elections by making sure that this policy is implemented to the extent that it ensures free, fair and credible elections. And the entire constituency of people fighting to stop the policy should be aware that these people do not wish them well,” Bwala said.
Furthermore, he described the ruling party as unpopular, adding that it would be rejected by Nigerians in 2023.
“APC had made a concerted effort to distance itself from President Muhammadu Buhari. Based on their actions, they are on their way to destroying their legacies. If not, why is only one party opposed to politics in the country?
“But they know that they are unpopular and that Nigerians have rejected them. Only hallucinated Nigerians will allow a nation with increased insecurity, bad economy and other avoidable crises to be under APC. The party is uneasy as they are aware that the bullion van policy is no longer tenable,” he added.
By Ambali Abdulkabeer
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