APC upbraids Ayu over scathing remarks on Buhari-led administration
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has upbraided the newly inaugurated chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu for his scathing remarks on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
In a statement by its caretaker committee secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, APC said Ayu’s views have shown early signs that his leadership would not be different from that of his predecessor, Prince Uche Secondus.
The APC remarked that going by the utterances and direction of the new PDP leadership, any hope of a refocused opposition party expected to atone for the party’s misdeeds in the country when it was in government for 16 years have now been dashed.
It noted: “Clearly, the PDP’s sole intent is power-grabbing by any means, ignoring the need for genuine restitution, return of stolen public funds and assets still in possession of politically exposed persons during its 16-year administration and ultimately providing a truly viable and credible opposition our democracy needs to thrive.
“The PDP’s new leadership must prove to Nigerians that it is willing and ready to discard its penchant for impunity by submitting to the new democratic environment entrenched by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government where votes count and the will of the people prevails in all electoral contests.
“This is the task before the new Senator Iyorchia Ayu-led PDP. Not empty and tired rhetorics of 2023 handover notes. The sit-tight syndrome headlined by the PDP’s ill-fated third-term agenda has been discarded as an undemocratic template. President Buhari has assured Nigerians and the international community of free and fair elections in 2023, even as he pledged peaceful transfer of power. That is the stuff of true progressives and statesmanship.”
APC stated that the priority of its administration has been clearing the national rot left behind by PDP’s shambolic handling of insecurity in its early days, its financial heist under the guise of procuring military weapons, fuel subsidy rackets, diverted loans, voodoo economics, abuse of public institutions and electoral fraud.
It stressed that despite obvious challenges on the path, the President Muhammadu Buhari government is successfully clearing the rot and returning the country to its deserved place.
“This includes continuous electoral reforms and non-interference in the functions of INEC; institutional reforms which have ensured financial autonomy for local government councils; financial autonomy of state legislatures and judiciaries; assenting the long-delayed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA); infrastructure revolution in road, rail and air transportation; and implementing social investments programmes thereby financially empowering millions, particularly poor Nigerians, among others.
“The hugely-successful economic diversification drive of the President Buhari government has released the creative energies of citizens and boosted agricultural productivity. Also, this government’s diversification policies have led to massive growth of the non-oil sector, spurring Nigeria’s highest growth in the last 7 years.
“Record investments in the Armed Forces and other security services have equipped, raised their morale and enabled them to effectively secure our lives and properties. The old system where impunity and corruption was pervasive is no longer the norm.”