PRP, Plateau group disagree over Buhari’s reelection
The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) has charged the elite in Nigeria to rise up and join the party to recue the country from the vicious circle of inept leaders and bad governance.
Speaking in Ilorin yesterday, Chairman of Kwara State chapter of the party, Professor Mahmud Aliyu said the country had suffered bad governance since 1999 due to bad governance by incumbent ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and erstwhile ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, “Both parties had provided inept leadership that had continued to keep Nigeria at the low ebb of development.”
While he blamed the PDP for running Nigeria dry economically for 16 years basically due to corruption, economic hardship and insecurity, he accused the APC, which took over power in 2015 of having none, or has shown no capacity to handle the country differently as the situation remained the same or even worse under it.
According to him, “Contrary to the change the APC promised what is being witnessed is a cosmetic change that did not address the root causes of the problems affecting development of the country.”
In this regard, the PRP stalwart said there was need for eggheads, who are patriotic Nigerians to come together and rescue the country from bad leadership by 2019, adding, “It is imperative of Nigerians to break the vicious circle of being governed and led by semi illiterates. We need to break the vicious circle of inept leadership and people that hardly acquired secondary school education to continue to rule us.”
Describing what is currently happening in Nigeria as internal colonization and imperialism, Professor Aliyu said, “The era of seating on the fence and the era of ‘siddon look’ is over. PDP and APC have no clear-cut ideology to grow this nation.”
But as the PRP was campaigning for a change of baton in 2019, the Elders’ Advisory Council (EAC) of the Plateau State chapter of APC, endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Bako Lalong for second term.
In the outcome of the meeting held on Saturday, the council said Buhari should re-contest in spite of the comments made by some eminent citizens that he (Buhari) should step down.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, chairman of the council, Capt. Joseph Din (rtd) assured Buhari and Lalong of their unflinching support.
According to Din, “We members of the Elders’ Advisory Council in Plateau State have been following the antecedents of our dear President Muhammadu Buhari since he came to power in 2015, especially his vision and mission in the key areas of security, poverty, economic, anti-corruption war, power and agriculture which he promised to tackle. He has not only done better but could perform more to the best interest of Nigerians if given another chance.”
According to Din, “Security is the bedrock of development otherwise as meaningful development could take place where there is insecurity.
“This government has performed in the area of providing security, considering the fact that it came to power when Boko Haram insurgents were holding 13 local governments in the Northeastern region as their territory and even here in Plateau State.”
On why they wanted Lalong to return, the council posited that the Plateau governor has successfully restored peace to the state stressing, “Lanlong has institutionalised peace-building and reconciliation through establishment of Peace-Building Agency in the state. Now that peace has been attained, he has continued with the uncompleted projects of his predecessors.”
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