Says Buhari’s Claim Of Meeting Expectations, Insult To Nigerians
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday blasted President Muhammadu Buhari for not having the moral courage to tell Nigerians true ownership of the huge funds found in Flat 7B, No. 16, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
A statement by Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the party’s Ahmed Makarfi faction, described as most absurd the $43,449,947; £27,800 and N23,218,000 haul, which it said undeniable evidence links “to 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 statement added, describing the claim by the Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) that money belongs to it as “another bad comedy by this failed APC administration.”
The party also lampooned the President for saying his government has worked hard to meeting the expectations of Nigerians in the last two years of his administration.
The President had in his Easter message to Nigerians noted that “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.”
These assertions, the party said, are not only untrue, but an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have watched the mismanagement by the administration within the period.
The statement noted that the war against the Boko Haram insurgents was already at advance stage, making it possible for the 2015 general elections to hold across all local government areas of the troubled north east, contrary to the picture being painted by the President.
“For the record, the PDP not only defeated Boko haram before it handed over power in 2015. We also reduced kidnapping and other anti-social vices in the country and there was palpable state of peace in Nigeria as at May 2015. The same cannot be said today as kidnapping has taken a new turn.
“We are also facing another menace of insecurity in the name of herdsmen attacking and displacing communities across the country. Suicide is also gradually becoming a household name in Nigeira as citizens who cannot cope with the current harsh economic condition have resorted to taking their own lives.”
The party repeated its accusation that the war on corruption being fought by the Buhari administration’s All Progressives Congress-led government since inception has failed, given that it is selective and only used as a ploy to humiliate leaders of the opposition. In two years, the statement continued, only one conviction has been achieved, while many of the corruption cases in court have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted, “while others are in EFCC (Economic & Financial Crimes Commission) and DSS (Department of State Security) detention centres without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Worse still, the PDP continued, several allegations against prominent APC members has been ignored by the EFCC, confirmation of whose acting chief executive, Ibrahim Magu, have been rejected for the second time by the Senate “because of damning corruption allegations against him made by another agency of government.”
This, the statement continued, is the same situation with Abba Kyari, the President’s Chief of Staff; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Lawal Babachir and a host of other government officials against whom very serious allegations have been made.
The statement also lamented that the nation’s economy over the past two years of the APC administration has been in comatose state, compared to one with a GDP of $574bn in May 2015, from $270.5bn in 2009, making it Africa’s fasted growing and largest. It noted that inflation rate was also at single digit, but soared to 17.26% in March.
“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 development that began with the previous administrations of the PDP has 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% completed by the PDP administration.”
In the face of these, the party said it is difficult reconciling President Buhari’s Easter message that he has met the expectations of Nigeria to the grim reality on ground, with nothing to show by the ruling party.
The statement challenged “the President and his team to articulate the two-year achievement of this government point by point to enable Nigerians compare with the previous PDP administrations.