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PDP says vindicated by Gates’ criticisms of Buhari’s economic policies 

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on yesterday that the verdict by United States billionaire, Mr. Bill Gates, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies are anti-people has vindicated its stand that the administration is the worst in the history of the country.

The party added that the government never had the interest of the people at heart, but has been lying to Nigerians with false performance indices and cosmetic appearances, while its agents continue to siphon funds meant for the welfare of the people.

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) can now see that “the entire world is fully aware of their misrule and as such, should stop wasting the nation’s resources on pointless image laundering and desperate quest for international endorsements.”

The party noted that Gates was just being polite to his host, Buhari, when he said the policy of his government is not reflecting the needs of the people.

According to the opposition party: “What Gates did not tell Buhari and his team was that their administration is so incompetent, disorganised and confused that it could not develop any functional economic policy direction, and that this has caused our nation her current economic woes.”

It further stated that Gates comments on the “Federal Government’s empty, deceptive and discredited Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), right in the Presidential Villa and in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, came to Buhari and the APC as stunt gone awry, as they had planned to use the world figure to earn an undue international endorsement ahead of 2019 elections”.

“More disheartening is that instead of being remorseful, officials of the APC administration, including Osinbajo, are attempting to put up a lame defence, despite the indicting facts.”

It added: “The whole world is sad that under Buhari and the APC, our dear nation, which was hitherto one of the most vibrant economies, has now become one of the most dangerous places to give birth, with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world.

“This administration, in the last three years, has not been able to initiate any functional policy on health, education, housing, agriculture, electricity, industrial growth, effective economic empowerment and gainful employment, or any deliberate plan to grow a sustainable middle class in the country.

“Instead, what Nigerians get is a sinking economy resulting from anti-people policies, multiple taxations, increased tariffs on essential commodities and services, increase in food prices, fuel price hike, huge foreign debts, a weakened currency and massive job losses, while APC interests continue to fritter away trillions of naira for their selfish gains.”

It concluded: “It is obvious that this Buhari administration derives joy in seeing Nigerians suffer hunger and starvation, even in the midst of our huge potentials at remaining one of the greatest nations on the globe.”


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