- Oyegun: You’re talking nonsense
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a critical assessment of the almost two-year-old All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and returned a damning verdict: President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in every facet of the nation’s life.
The party, which based its assessment on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians, said Mr. President claimed achievements were insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years.
Spokesperson for the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement yesterday, The opposition party stated that the president has not only failed to sustain what he met on ground when he took over on May 29, 2015 but has reversed the achievements recorded by the PDP when the party was in power.
Of particular concern, according to the PDP, is the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, which the party said was on the verge of being crushed when APC took over power in 2015.
“The truth of the matter was that the insurgents were on the back foot, in hasty retreat and with their backs to the wall by February–March of 2015.
“The then NSA (National Security Adviser), Col. Ibrahim Dasuki had requested that the elections be postponed by six weeks to enable the government to launch a major offensive to push Boko Haram out of all the occupied territories.
This offensive achieved its objective so much so that elections took place in all the LGAs of the North East,” the statement recalled. It added that the PDP not only defeated Boko Haram before it handed over power in 2015 but also reduced kidnapping and other anti-social vices in the country.
“The same cannot be said today as kidnapping has taken a new turn. We are also facing another menace of insecurity in the name of herdsmen attacking and displacing communities across the country.
Suicide is also gradually becoming a household name in Nigeria as citizens who cannot cope with the current harsh economic condition have resorted to taking their own lives,” PDP observed.
The party stated that the armaments procured by former President Goodluck Jonathan were what is still being used to prosecute the insurgency war.
The PDP also condemned Buhari’s anti-corruption war, noting that it was not only selective, but was targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition party.
“The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction.
“Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centres without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it said.
The party stated that the APC-led Federal Government is at the crossroads as its whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians the owner of huge sums of money being discovered almost on a daily basis.
“The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so-called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos,” the statement noted.
PDP claimed that the money was linked to proceeds from the sale of turbines by a former APC governor, alleging that part of the proceeds was used to finance the 2015 APC campaign.
According to Adeyeye, “The claim by the Director- General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) that the agency owns the stolen money ‘found’ in a private residence is another bad comedy by this failed APC administration.”
PDP further regretted that the nation’s economy is in comatose in the last two years of APC administration, recalling that the immediate past PDP government grew Nigeria’s GDP from $270.5 billion in 2009, “and handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the fastest growing and largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World, with a GDP of $574 billion.
“In May 2015, the PDP also handed over a single digit inflation rate, but today, inflation rate in Nigeria is at a double digit of 17.26 per cent.
“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy.
“The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja-Kaduna railroad which was 99 per cent completed by the PDP administration,” PDP said. But, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has faulted the PDP’s claim that Buhari’s performance on the economy was very poor.
In an interview with New Telegraph, Oyegun described PDP criticism of Buhari as arrant nonsense. He said: “All l can say is that what they are saying is arrant nonsense. We inherited from them a totally ruined economy.
Before they left, even the Federal Government was unable to pay salaries; states were unable to pay salaries but this has been normalized. Not only that.
The total state of the economy has been restored and the president has taken his time putting the nation and the economy back together again.
“The economy has started to respond. We have moved from an oil economy, which became an ATM for the PDP to a multi-faceted economy, which depends not just on oil anymore but now on agriculture, on solid minerals and so on.
“What Buhari has done is that he has virtually created a new Nigeria that can no longer be subjected to any mono economy, whether it is oil, agriculture or solid minerals.
Buhari has stabilised the economy and virtually wiped out insurgency in the North East. “During PDP’s time, these insurgents were holding Nigeria territory and hoisting their flag but all that is now gone. So, they don’t have any proof of what they talking.
We are now gradually getting out of recession. The economy is responding as money is being put into infrastructure, into agriculture to the extent of being self sufficient in rice production.” He said that the PDP was leaving in the past.
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