The Congress for Progressive Change CPC has described as “disgusting”, the hosting of the African First Ladies under the aegis of the African First Ladies for Peace Mission (AFLPM), which is billed to take place between July 24 and July 27, 2012 in Abuja.
In a press statement made available today, National Publicity Secretary of the party Engineer Rotimi Fashakin said the party has noted with utter disgust, the hosting of the African First wives.
"What is befuddling is the attendant huge depletion of the Nation’s scarce resources in hosting the event. It was reported that two hundred exotic cars (with street value running into Hundreds of millions of Naira) have been ordered for the convenience of the guests.
What is stupefying is that this un-budgeted spending is coming when many states of the Federation are on shoe-string budget because of the depressed economy. Indeed, the May allocations from the Federation have not been fully released to these states; it is at this time that the Jonathan administration has chosen to host a rather feckless and utterly profligate jamboree.”
The party scribe said with the current uneasiness in the land because of the depressed economy, I was foolhardy for the Jonathan administration to commit so much funds into the “jamboree.”
“Many patriotic leaders in other climes would have used times like this to invest the scarce resources in invigorating the productive capacity of the economy.
As a Party, we wholeheartedly condemn this infernal show of insensitivity on the part of this administration and indeed, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Indeed, this profligate spending has become synonymous with PDP administrations because it was exactly the same way that the former former President Olusegun Obasanjo spent fortunes on the COJA games in 2003. We do hope that the National Assembly (NASS) shall query the source of funding this fiesta.”