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NIGERIAN GOV’T CONDEMNED FOR GIVING AWAY FREE PHONES TO VOTERS


A Nigerian opposition party has condemned a government scheme to give 10 million mobile phones for free to farmers.

All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) General Secretary Tijani Tumsa said the plan was a “mischievous vote-catching exercise” for the 2015 elections.

Last week, the agriculture minister said the phones would help farmers “drive an agriculture revolution”.

Akinwumi Adesina said their purchase would be financed through a tax.

He denied reports that the government had already set aside $400m (£249m) to buy the phones.

Mr Tumsa told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme the scheme was a ploy by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to “connect” with voters in rural areas in the build-up to elections.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20947686

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