Nigerian Senate

There were accusations and counter accusations at the senate on Wednesday as Minority Leader Senator Abiodun Olujimi alleged that the Social Intervention Programme applicants were being asked to provide details of their Permanent Voter Cards.

The programme was introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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Presenting a copy of the form, Olujimi, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alleged that ‘I Stand with Buhari’ was written on it.

She said, “The funds have been used for political reasons.

“I have one such forms where your BVN number, PVC number, gender and account details must be written. I urge that an Ad-hoc Committee be set up to look into this issue.”

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, challenged the Ekiti South senator but lawmakers on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress and their PDP counterparts exchanged words, which made the chamber noisy.

The senate eventually resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to probe the allegations, even as it mandated the committee to also investigate the implementation of former Goodluck Jonathan’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme.