Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the All Progressives Congress-led administration of using the Trader Moni initiative as a vote-buying scheme in the just concluded election.
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, through his legal team, stated that the Trader Moni lacks budgetary backing.
In a petition that was filed before the Election Tribunal, Atiku described the initiative as “illegal and corrupt extra-budgetary spending”.
He alleged that the manipulation and corruption in the Independent National Electoral Commission saw President Muhammadu Buhari declared as the President-elect.
“improperly influence voters,” Buhari, “using his position as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, commenced a programme or a scheme called Trader Moni, through which the Nigerian electorate, most especially traders across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, Abuja, were, a few weeks to the presidential election, given N10,000 each.”
“In spite of the fact that there was no budgetary provision for this scheme; and in spite of public outcry against it, the 2nd respondent (Buhari), through the Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, went round all the states of Nigeria and the FCT, Abuja, and shared the said sum of N10,000 to traders, thus using state resources to buy votes.”