Security vote, big way of stealing money; I’ll abolish it if elected — Kwankwaso

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Presidential candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said he would abolish the security vote system if elected.

He also said Nigeria has enough money to take care of every of its citizens, adding that the government would not borrow to pay salaries.

Security vote refers to a monthly allocation disbursed to states and other agencies for improved security.

Kwankwaso, who made the pledge while speaking at a town hall series organised for presidential candidates by Channels Television Sunday night, said the system should be reviewed since, according to him, it is a way of getting away with “stealing” state funds.

He said: “For the eight years I was governor, I never took one naira for the issue of security vote. It’s not even there.

“I have inherited governments that were taking N10 million in a day, seven times. In fact, at a state, we had a record of 12 times because the governor can only approve N10 million. So, they would take N10 million, times whatever number they want.

“If the CP or director of SSS or anybody wants to do anything, we’ll listen to him. He should defend it. And once we are satisfied, anything above N10 million, I’ll take it to the council.

“The only thing that we did not publish for the eight years I was governor was the money given to the security agents, but we have the records.

“Security vote, in our own opinion, is a big way of stealing money. That is why I have never done it. And if I have the opportunity again, there will never be anything like security vote in the presidency.

“We have seen cases where a lot of money is being siphoned in the name of security vote and nobody can defend it. In my opinion, that should be stopped using whatever means, because it’s only a good way of taking cash from the treasury.”

“I’m talking of borrowing money either from banks or individuals, we have never borrowed. So I believe that that can be replicated to a very large extent at national level.

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