The Senator Representing Ekiti south and minority leader have accused Nigeria's federal government’s using TradeMoni an aspect of social investment Programme (SIP) to induce voters ahead of the 2019 general election.
Olujimi made this disclosure on Wednesday, November 7 this month during a plenary section at the red chamber saying there is evidence showing how tabulation of data imputing the names of potential voters, their INEC cards and other information that may help the governing party manipulate the people during the 2019 general election.
Justifying it to be a calculated attempt at enabling the All Progressive Party (APC) to reap undue advantage against the wish of the people
Biodun Olujimi alleged that the Federal Government is using the funds of the SIP to secure permanent voter cards ahead of the 2019 elections. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker said: ‘I Stand with Buhari’ is written on the forms given to recipients of the SIP funds… Right now the funds are being used for political reasons and they are being dispensed and given freely to people who can bring up their PVCs and signed several copies. The issuance is now in charge,” she said.
But the Special Adviser to the President on SIP, Maryam Uwais on a breakfast television platform on channel’s sunrise daily and that which is monitored by our correspondent yesterday said that the alleged political gains accruing to the ruling party is totally untrue, and the allegation, uncalled for.
According to her, starting from the cash transfer programme to TraderMoni, no political capital is made by the APC. In the cash transfer, for instance, “we identify the poorest and the most vulnerable Nigerians. Why would we give them forms, do they read? If you see the people that we actually engage, we train staff at state and local government’s levels to interface with and teach them, and get to know what poverty in their own context is. So, why would we give them forms to fill?
“The same thing happens with TraderMoni. We go into the markets with our enumerators and they just talk to them, and they don’t even need an account to borrow N10, 000. So, why would we add to ourselves, the burden of filling forms and all of that? The applicants must agree to the programme and we put it on our forms. All you need to be a part of this is a basic phone.
“And of course, I hope everybody knows by now that N-Power beneficiaries are selected online? So, we’ve created that level playing field. And in the school feeding programme, the women are selected from the communities, where the primary schools are cited. So, the women must live there, and the majority of them are not literate. They are just women we are trying to empower so that they can begin to cook to make money for themselves.
“I don’t understand this talk about PVC? Even if the forms have inscriptions like, ‘write your PVC,’ is there a guarantee that if you write it the beneficiaries will now vote for APC? We’re not asking for APC identity card or something like that,” the presidential aide said.