Revelations of low revenue, discrepancies in tax remittances show Buhari running Nigeria with corrupt cabals – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the revelations of variances in tax revenue collections by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was a confirmation that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency had been neck-deep in corruption and looting of national patrimony.
In a statement Monday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said the discovery of variances in tax remittances has vindicated its concerns about underhand dealings and frittering of monies collected as taxes in the last four years.
The party said Nigerians were not deceived by the “desperation” by agents of the Presidency to cover their complicity by seeking a fall guy in the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Babatunde Fowler.
The PDP further stated that a critical study of the leaked correspondence from the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, to the FIRS Chairman at the wake of the revelations of financial discrepancies at FIRS, totally betrayed the complicity of the “cabal” in the Presidency.
The statement said, “The correspondence also further confirms that our nation and her economy have been in the strangulating grips of a corrupt cabal, who has evidently hijacked the statutory roles and responsibilities of agencies of government, leading to the crippling of our system in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule.
“It’s appalling that the Buhari Presidency has allowed its cabal a field day to loot our common patrimony, leading to the crushing economic hardship in the land, which is now worsening, with the anti-people ban on FOREX for food by the Buhari administration.
“The stealing of our taxes by APC agents has brought so much anguish to Nigerians, who suffer the brunt of collapsed infrastructure, decay of social amenities and a crippled national economy under President Buhari”.
The main opposition party urged the National Assembly to investigate the handling of taxes collected by the FIRS in the last four years, with a view to taking urgent steps to recover the “stolen funds” and channel such to projects that have direct bearings on the welfare of Nigerians”, the statement added.