The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has blasted the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying they should focus more on blocking all financial leakages rather than attacking Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, over his N60 billion printing claim.
The forum said this in a statement signed by C.I.D Maduabum, Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, in response to comments made by the APC governors over Governor Obaseki.
Governor Obaseki had at the Edo Transition Committee Stakeholders Engagement two weeks ago stated that the Federal Government printed N50-N60 billion as part of federal allocation to the states for March.
But reacting, the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) in a statement by its Chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, on Friday stated that Governor Obaseki’s statement did not reflect the true position of things.
It stated that “as a trained Economist who has been a Governor since 2016, Mr. Obaseki is aware of all the support states have received from President Buhari in coping with the shocks that have resulted from the CoviD 19 pandemic and resulting economic recession”.
In its response, the PDP Governors’ Forum, it is unhelpful for the PGF to join the fray in the manner it did by its recent statement attacking the “bona fides of Governor Obaseki”, who merely warned the monetary authorities about the danger of uncontrolled use of printing of the Naira to support government’s expenditure.
According to the forum, the Edo State Governor has a background in economics and finance and is a very responsible governor who talks in a measured way.
The statement read: “His advise, which by the way has been corroborated by none other than the Governor of the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) himself, and the international ratings agency FITCH, should be heeded rather than being crucified for sounding a note of caution.
“No doubt the Federal government has been supporting the States in the area of agriculture, budget, refund of Federal Government executed projects by States and a few other areas of intervention. Is CBN trying to be vindictive and vengeful by recalling its loans to the States because of an informed advise by a Governor?. It is unfortunate that governance has plummeted to this level.”
The opposition governors asked the Federal government to plug financial leakages in the system and curb wasteful expenditure of billions of Naira on projects that can be executed by the private sector and save a lot of money in the process.
It insisted that curbing wasteful expenditure would help the Federal Government to stop “relying less on Ways and Means” by the CBN, which, it said, brings pressure on the Naira with its inflationary consequences.