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Scrap security votes, NNPP, NDP, PAC urge FG

Abuja –  The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Progressive Action Congress (PAC) have expressed support for the call on the authorities to scrap the provision to governors for security votes.

They expressed the opinion in separate  on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN), former Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), had advocated the measure at a workshop on the review of the new civil High Court procedure in Ado-Ekiti.

Mr. Gilbert Agbo, National Secretary of (NNPP), said it was necessary to abolish the system because the monies were not used to the benefit of Nigerians.

“Security vote is a way of encouraging corruption in Nigeria’s politics and not in the spirit of accountability, we are sincerely against it.

“We have always said that there is no need for security votes, because there is nothing to show that these monies are used for security purposes as the name implies,’’ Agbo said.

Also, Chief Charles Chukwuani, National Chairman of (NDP) said the provision for the monies was a waste of the nation’s resources.

“Security vote is a source of massive corruption. It is this money they divert to foreign account, we do not subscribe to it, it is also wasteful for a struggling country like Nigeria,’’ he said.

But the Chairman of the Progressive Action Congress (PAC), Chief Charles Nwodo, said the allocation of such funds was not in the interest of Nigerians.

“These funds should not be called security vote but pocket votes. They are embezzled by the governors because they will not be held accountable,’’ the chairman said. (NAN)


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