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Stop playing down Buhari’s achievements – Presidency tells PDP




The presidency on Saturday advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop playing down achievements so far recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the president’s Senior Special Assistant, Media, Malam Garba Shehu.

Shehu said the PDP should rather bury its head in shame for subjecting Nigeria to the “worst economic plunder through corruption’’ in its recent history.

Shehu was reacting to the statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that “the economy is going down’’ under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

“It is ridiculous for any sane government to artificially rebase the economy and claim to transform Nigeria into the largest economy in Africa as the PDP administration did.’’

He also said that the defeated former ruling party was artificially manipulating statistics to create the illusion of impressive economic performance record.

He said if PDP’s claim of economic successes in terms of GDP, employment generation, poverty alleviation and others were genuine, Nigerians would not have voted the party out of power.

He said if the former ruling party was doing well, the opposition parties would have found it difficult to defeat it.

The president’s aide said the PDP assumed performance was nothing more than window dressing, and a detachment from reality.

“Nigerians no longer face exploitation at filling stations because the government is taking punitive measures against marketers that punish poor Nigerians.’’

He said queues had disappeared at the filling stations and the Naira was enjoying favourable exchange rate.

According to him, the present administration has successfully blocked leakages and other avenues for corruption.
He said the administration had also frustrated efforts by corrupt elements to divert public funds to private pockets.

“Once the formal trial for corruption begins, the PDP might no longer have the moral legs to stand on.

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1 Comment
  • Mazi JO

    Do not attack the Administration on the stagnating Economy. It is a combination of several factors. PDP obviously have a hand in it. You may argue that the ruling APC and the NASS are late in getting things going. The tanking of our economy mainly stems from the precipitous plunge in Oil prices and the shoddy accounting/ management of our enormous National Wealth by the past administrations. The PMB presidency is doing its best. Things will get worse to get better if we only exercise patience given the extent of drastic changes needed in streamlining everything. The opposition will have its pockets of criticisms but what is happening now is as a result of change dynamics. You cannot blame the newly elected set until the National policies are eventually enacted and become operational. Pray the National Assembly to please streamline their chambers to set-off the business of governance. Without the Legislative balance, no government can be rightfully judged a success or a failure on its own. When the Executive and the opposition are not in sync in Legislative matters, policies are shortchanged everywhere. We are three months into the change driven new Face of Nigeria, folks. Let’s get to work. Don’t forget, the mistakes are enough to go around. The position also that: “Once the formal trial for Corruption begins, the PDP might no longer have the moral legs to stand on”, rings hollow because not every individual in PDP is corrupt and not every member of the ruling party is squeaky clean. Opposition must be opposition. Sometimes what they say, opposing policies is just seeking clarifications.