The Anambra state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleges that Governor Chukwuma Soludo is hoarding federal government palliatives for political advantage.
The party insisted on the prompt distribution of the palliatives.
Addressing the issue on Wednesday, November 29, in Nnewi, the APC southeast zone organizing secretary, Dozie Ikedife Jnr, expressed concern that the prolonged delay in palliative distribution has negatively portrayed President Bola Tinubu’s administration to the people of the state.
He said: ‘Soludo is now re-bagging the rice putting his inscriptions for political gains. He is campaigning with the rice as if he is the one giving it to the people whereas it is the Federal Government’s initiative.’
‘I’m using this opportunity to call on the Anambra State Government to desist from such an act. Something that has been released to the poor people of the State over four months now should not be high-jacked for political aggrandizement.’
‘Many States have since distributed their own supply while a State like Anambra hoards its own. The palliatives must be released to the people for whom the palliatives are meant and distributed without any political colouration.’
‘The Governor can campaign for a second tenure but he should not use the rice palliatives. President Tinubu-led administration had released five trailer loads of rice to each State and more are still coming.’
‘We saw such hoarding in the past but that should not be repeated. The Governor doesn’t have the right to keep the rice. The federal government sent the rice for a particular purpose and that purpose should not be defeated.’
‘But if the Governor doesn’t want to do the needful, we will leave it to his conscience. The day of judgment is coming.’
Reacting, the press secretary to the governor, Christian Aburime, said the distribution of the palliatives had commenced.
He said: ‘Anambra state government under the leadership of Prof Chukwuma Soludo is distributing the palliatives of the Federal Government ward by ward to all nooks and crannies of the state.’