The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari saying he lied to Nigerians with his claim that his government has fulfilled its campaign promises in just two years.
While praying to God to allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to continue to guide Nigerians and help the country overcome the spirit of lies, deceit and betrayal, the party said: “We read with rude shock and utter dismay, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians and of particular interest is the paragraph that said: ‘In the almost two years of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians by improving security, especially in the North-East, sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to revitalize the economy’. Really?
“These comments from Mr President are to say the least untrue and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years,” the party said in a statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi faction.
On security, the PDP noted how former President Goodluck Jonathan made efforts to conquer Boko Haram and procured equipment despite stiff resistance from some of the western powers to sell weapons to Nigeria.
This breakthrough, the party said, led to the successful dislodgment of the terrorists before the March 28, 2015 elections.
“Nigerians can testify to the gallant display by the Nigerian Armed Forces that allowed elections to take place in virtually all the wards and local government areas of Borno, Adamawa, Kebbi and Gombe states, respectively.
“The result of the election from these states gave President Buhari the edge in the election. APC governors and officials who routinely condemn President Jonathan’s anti insurgency effort conveniently forgot that without the relative peace in those states at the time, there would have been no elections from which they could emerge as governors,” the party said adding that most of the achievements being claimed by Buhari were transferred by Jonathan.
Concerning corruption, the party said the president actually failed despite the alleged success it has achieved in the fight.
“As we have mentioned in our previous statements, any war on corruption that is selective and targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition is a total failure.
“The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction. Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centers without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The latest drama in town is the circus show of the discovery of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners.
“The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The government is at the crossroad as the whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who owned the monies because undeniable evidence links the monies to the proceeds from the sale of turbines by the former governor of Rivers state and now minister of Transport, Hon Rotimi Amaechi.
“It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015,” the party said.
The party recalled how Jonathan’s government grew the economy from a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009 to one of $574 billion and how the party handed over a single digit inflation which is now 17.26 percent.
“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy.
“The Buhari government is indeed clueless and had no economic plan until March 2017 when it launched the so-called recovery plan. The economy is at a standstill.
“Major infrastructural developments that began with the previous administrations of the PDP have been abandoned. Power generation dwindled from over 5,000MW in 2015 to the present all-time low of less than 2,000MW.
“The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja- Kaduna railroad which was 99 percent completed by the PDP administration,” the party said.