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PDP mocks Buhari’s ‘unpopularity’ in Lagos

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said that “the unprecedented public resentment” and resort to heavy security during President Muhammadu Buhari’s Thursday’s visit to Lagos State was a loud testimony of the declining popularity of the President and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The party also criticised Buhari for failing to initiate or execute any project in the state since assumption of office, a development it said was why he had to resort to commissioning a ‘bus stop’ project initiated by the state government as “a ridiculous face-saving stunt.”

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the President should not allow himself to be deceived by praise singers at the Tinubu Colloquium, urging him to draw a lesson from the public resentment that trailed his visit.

The opposition party accused the APC of completely locking down the city and deploying heavy security to restrain the people, “having realised the citizens’ overwhelming indignation against the President.”

It added: “It was obvious that Buhari’s handlers were mortally afraid of his being embarrassed by Lagosians, who are direct victims of the noxious policies of his Presidency, including the discredited monetary, foreign exchange and import restriction policies, which had led to the collapse of private businesses, multiple taxes and general government ineptitude, nepotism and dictatorial tendencies in the last three years.

“The handlers had to lockdown the city, regardless of the huge economic loss and inconvenience to citizens and holed their principal into the safety of the colloquium hall, where he was surrounded by praise singers, away from the people.”

The party stated that Lagosians were aware that the President suddenly remembered the state, just because elections are around the corner, noting: “Lagosians have not forgotten that this was the same leader, who, in 1984, canceled the Lagos metro rail project, only to come back 34 years after, without any form of remorse, to commission a regular bus stop built by the state government.

“It is most tragic that while the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, who hosted Buhari early this month, was commissioning factories in all districts of his country to mark his one year in office, our President could only offer Lagos, with its over 22 million population, the commissioning of a bus stop, which unfortunately, he did not even build.

“If Buhari had not sabotaged the people of Lagos by aborting the rail project in 1984, the state would have become one of the most advanced cities in the world by now.


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