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PDP Criticizes Tinubu for Sending Large Delegation to COP28 in Dubai

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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PDP Criticizes Tinubu for Sending Large Delegation to COP28 in Dubai

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has raised alarm bells over the size of the delegation dispatched by President Bola Tinubu to the Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai. The delegation, comprising a staggering 1,411 individuals, is allegedly packed with the president's associates, political allies, and their companions, incurring substantial costs for the country.

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The PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, has criticized the administration for what it perceives as a wasteful and reckless use of resources. This comes at a time when the country is grappling with the need for cautious management of resources for infrastructure development, job creation, and economic revival. The administration's attempts to justify the delegation size by asserting that many attendees are self-sponsored have been dismissed by the PDP. The party has accused the government of concealing the inclusion of unnecessary participants who are funded by the state.

Unmasking Institutionalized Corruption

The PDP has taken the administration to task for what it sees as promoting and institutionalizing corruption. The party has challenged the presidency to disclose the names and relevance of the official delegates, as well as the total cost of sponsorship. This call for transparency represents a wider push for accountability and responsible governance.

Amid these accusations, the PDP is urging the National Assembly to investigate the matter. The party has demanded that President Tinubu refund any improperly used government funds. The PDP insists that such funds should be redirected towards projects that benefit Nigerians instead of serving the interests of a privileged few.

Whether this controversy will lead to effective checks and balances in governance or will fade into the annals of political rhetoric remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it underscores the need for transparency, accountability, and prudent use of national resources in the face of pressing social and economic challenges.

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