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.