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PDP challenges APC to list achievements in two years

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Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a group photograph with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as “insensitive and clueless.”

The opposition party said that the ruling party has not achieved anything tangible in two years but has only survived on blaming the past government of the PDP while failing to provide Nigerians with the “change” it promised them during the electioneering campaign.

In a statement signed by the spokesman of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, yesterday, the opposition party said the APC government should have been done with complaints about past administration and show to Nigerians it has the capacity to provide leadership.

The PDP had on Wednesday issued a statement to criticise the APC government and its policy in two years but the APC in a response accused the PDP of being the brain behind the nation’s problems.

But the PDP in another reaction to the APC said the PDP had better records than the APC, urging the ruling party to wake up to the responsibility of proving its worth and stop behaving like an opposition party.

The statements read in part: “It has been two years since the ‘ruling party in opposition’ took over power in May, 2015 and all the APC has done since assumption of office is complaining and whining, instead of governance and delivering to Nigerians its campaign promises.

“Nigerians have not also forgotten how the APC in opposition politicized all issues of governance without proffering a single solution to any of them, but remained adamant, condemning the sincere policies of previous PDP administration.

It continued: “Nigerians thought the only reply by the APC to our statement of Wednesday, March 29, 2017, would have been for the party to roll out its achievements in the last two years instead of another shameless descent into the abyss of propaganda, blame-game and media trial of previous PDP-led administration.

“However, we are not surprised because the APC has no achievement to flaunt before Nigerians than the boring rehash of what the PDP did or did not do.

“We still maintained that Nigerians should take critical look at the mid-term report of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and compare it to that of the current APC-led government and access them on performance and achievements.

The opposition party also faulted the much- touted anti-corruption war of the APC government saying it was one-sided unlike what was obtainable under the PDP government.

The party went further to declare the anti-corruption war as a farce because it allegedly gave protection to members of APC who were caught up in the web of corruption,

“On the much celebrated anti-corruption fight of the APC, it must be noted that it was previous PDP governments that created and sustained all the institutions for fighting corruption such as the ICPC and the EFCC.

“Under the PDP administrations most of those who were tried by these agencies were PDP members. There was no effort to shield PDP members from prosecution and investigation, as is the case with the APC government, which has made it a policy to sweep all the dirt of its members under the carpet.

“Recall the grass cutting allegations against the SGF, the awards of contracts to ghost companies by the Federal Government Committee on Northeast, allegation of attempted bribery of Judges by the Minister of Transport and that of Science and Technology, the CBN forex racketeering and most recently, the DSS indictment of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu and many others.

“On the war on Boko Haram, the APC spokesman forgot to mention that it was the same weapons bought by previous PDP administration that the present government is still using to prosecute the war on insurgency in the Northeast.

“He also forgot to mention that despite his corruption claim on the PDP-led Government, the PDP made Nigeria’s Economy the largest in Africa and the fastest growing in the world. Where are we now? In less than two years, our economy is in recession.

“May we again remind the APC that the Dollar under the PDP Government was 165 Naira to one dollar. Today, the difference is there for everyone to see. The 18,000 Naira minimum wage could buy two bags of rice and still had some change in the PDP led government, but today, where are we?

“Nigerians have never been so hungry in their entire lives, except during the civil war as seen in the last two years. The APC spokesman forgot to add that, the Federal Government under the PDP created 500,000 jobs a year for our teeming unemployed youths. Since the APC led administration took over, more than 4.5 million people have lost their jobs.

“During the era of the PDP under President Goodluck Jonathan alone, 12 new Universities, and Almajiri schools were established. What is the APC achievement in education, agriculture, sports development, job creation, economy etcetera.

The PDP, therefore, urged the APC to stop complaining but deliver on its election promises.

“The APC should stop complaining and do what they promised Nigerians. The party promised to fix Nigeria and solve all the problems in less than two years. All the Party has done is to blame the PDP and give excuse for its failure.

“Nigerians are no longer excited with the APC’s selective fight against corruption when its house is smelling and oozing with the stench of corruption and reckless looting of our common wealth. This reminds us of the statement credited to Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna state, that the APC led government is using insecticide to fight corruption
when it concerns other Nigerians but using deodorant when it concerns top APC leaders and members.

“We believe in this country and will not allow our hard-earned democracy to be destroyed by the insensitive and clueless government of the APC,” the statement read.



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