- The APC in Katsina state has said it is ready to tackle the opposition PDP in a debate over an alleged misappropriation of N400 million by the state government
- The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Bala Musawa, said that the state chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Salisu Maigari, is displeased that several top members of his party have decamped to the ruling party
- Musawa described the allegation as a ploy to stop the current mass defection of PDP members to the ruling party in the state
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina state, has challenged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to a public debate over an alleged misappropriation of N400 billion by the state government in 31 months.
The state APC chairman, Alhaji Bala Musawa, threw the challenge at a news conference in Katsina on Tuesday, January 9.
He said: “The APC is 100 per cent ready to have a face to face debate with the PDP on the allegation of mismanaging N400 billion public funds.
“We are waiting for the PDP officials to fix the time for the debate, we are ready to tackle them either in the day or at night.
“We are calling on them to come up with documents to prove that the state government received N400 billion either from the federal government or any other source within 31 months."
Musawa said that the allegation was a ploy to stop the current mass defection of PDP members to the APC in the state, NAN reports.
He said: “The allegation came because the state PDP chairman, Alhaji Salisu Maigari, was disturbed that several of his top members have decamped to the ruling APC.
“The former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Yau Gwajo-Gwajo, and his followers as well as his deputy, Alhaji Bilya Rimi, have all left for the APC.
“A top PDP member, Sen Ibrahim Ida, has also decamped to APC and a former commissioner of agriculture under Gov Shehu Shema has also decamped to APC.
“Several PDP members have joined the APC and this is the reason for making the allegations because the chairman is left with no one to continue to grumble to over non-performance."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the sum of over N80 million was returned to parents by the Katsina state government, to cover the fees they paid for their wards for the 2017 Senior Secondary School WAEC and NECO examinations.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s director-general, media and publicity, Malam Ibrahim Muazzam, in a press statement, on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, noted that the refund was only for candidates who obtained at least five credits and above at the examinations.
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