FACT CHECK: Peter Obi lied on electricity funding

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Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi at The Candidate on Wednesday
Peter Obi was the vice presidential candidate of the PDP alongside Atiku Abubakar who was the presidential candidate
Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi at The Candidate on Wednesday
Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi at The Candidate on Wednesday

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, lied about funding of the electricity sector by the All Progressives Congress government.

Obi made the false claim at a town hall meeting tagged: “The Candidates”, organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA media on Wednesday in Abuja.

Obi said that the PDP government invested heavily in the power sector but that APC government had not invested anything in the sector.

“If you say that the PDP spent $16 billion and there is no power, it is not true,” Obi said.

He then went on to claim that, “the APC government has not spent a kobo on electricity, I mean a kobo.

“All the electricity you are seeing has been paid for by the PDP government, they have not invested anything, he said.

A look at the budgets presented by the APC government that came into power in 2015 shows that it has spent billions of naira in the power sector.

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In the 2016 budget approved by the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari, N20.6 billion was earmarked for the Power Ministry.

In 2017, N69, 96bn was budgeted for electricity while N39.8 was budgeted in 2018.

In 2019, the APC led government voted N2.2 billion for electricity.