The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that Trader Moni lacks budgetary backing and thus a vote-buying scheme, Concise News understands.
However, Atiku and the PDP in their petition filed before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the February 23 election, described it as illegal.
They also alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s declaration of Buhari and his party (APC), as the winner of the poll, was faulty.
The party also urged the tribunal to declare them as the true winner of the February 23 presidential election.
They alleged, that using his position as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, started 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.”
Also, it noted that “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.”
However, in his reply, Buhari denied the petitioners’ claim, saying that Trader Moni was never a vote-buying measure.
According to Buhari, it was the government’s social intervention policies provided for in the national budget to help the suffering of the masses.