The Peter Obi/Yusuff Datti presidential campaign office has described the use of Nigeria Air Force (NAF) jet by the wives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate and the running mate, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu and Hajiya Nana Shettima, as an act of impunity, trivialization of serious national security apparatus and a waste of national resources.
Recall that the two women had on Tuesday ursurped powers they did not have and used the NAF jet to visit Benue State over the menance of flood in the state.
But the Labour Party in a statement on Wednesday kicked against the women’s use of the National Security aircraft attached to Presidential Air Fleet for personal assignments when they were not government officials or on a government sponsored trip.
The statement read in part, “What is disturbing is that both Tinubu and Shettima’s wives are campaigning with Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) aircraft under the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilots and crew.
“This is another waste of public funds for pursuit of partisan political interests and open exposure of our men and women in uniform to undue political influences.
“The Obi-Datti campaign organisation calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the Presidential Air Fleet from using NAF operated aircraft for campaign activities.
“These NAF aircrafts are maintained with scarce resources and in this case, the federal government is using borrowed money to fund the campaign activities of the APC Presidential candidate.
“No aircraft in the inventory of NAF or any of the agencies of the Federal government should be involved in partisan political trips or activities.
This must stop. Henceforth, The Presidency, which controls the PAF office should live up to its responsibilities and ensure that these aircraft are used only for enhancing governance and not openly supporting a particular Presidential candidate and party.”