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PDP queries Buhari’s agenda, APC disagrees

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Adamu Abuh (Abuja) and Kamal Tayo Oropo (Lagos)   |   10 August 2015   |   10:19 pm  
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• ‘President has no economic policy direction’ • FG not shopping for achievement, says Presidency • ‘Nothing to appropriate from past govt, APC claims

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, asked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to activate various economic outlets which, according to the opposition political grouping, are stagnated at present due to the latter’s alleged inability to articulate a clear-cut economic policy for the nation. PDP National Publicity Secretary Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said it was disappointing that the government has been appropriating achievements of the previous administration in an attempt to make the public believe it recorded successes in critical sectors of the economy.

But in a reaction, the Federal Government, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements will speak loudly for themselves. The APC also finds such claims as distractions that will not deter the Buhari administration from rescuing Nigeria from the clutches of those who are holding the country by the jugular.

In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos‎ by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said those people frenetically engaged in fault finding with the Buhari administration, are those who either have skeletons in their cupboards or are acting at their behest, for a fee.

“These paranoid and skittish people daily run to the media to disparage the Buhari administration. Grasping at straws, they condemn and criticise everything from appointments to the war against corruption and the battle against insecurity, even though the party to which they belong had 16 years to make things right for Nigeria but chose to suck the country dry, enthrone insecurity and pauperise the citizenry.

“Their design is simple: Make enough incoherent noise in the media with the hope that the administration will be distracted. Unfortunately for them, they have failed in their evil machination, because this President can neither be deterred nor be distracted. While their dogs continue to bark, the caravan of the Buhari Administration proceeds on its steadfast journey,’’ it said.

But according to the PDP spokesman: “How do we explain APC’s spirited effort to make the public believe that the equipping of the country’s military for the fight against insurgency; the turn around of the nation’s oil refineries; and the polio-free certification of Nigeria were products of their government even when it is common knowledge that they have not been able to find their bearing for governance since their election into office.

“If the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki had not been courageous enough to release those incontrovertible facts that the Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration actually fortified the country’s military before leaving office in May, the APC would have succeeded in its propaganda against that administration and led Nigerians to believe that the equipping was a product of Buhari’s recent diplomatic shuttles.

“It is an obvious fact that before the May 29 handover to the APC, the Nigerian armed forces, using these equipment sourced under the watch of the PDP government, had already pushed the insurgents to the verge of surrender in the Sambisa Forest, only for them to now resurge under the APC-led government due to apparent lack of direction and confusion that have characterised this administration.

“In the same way, this government has positioned itself to claim credit for the turn around and resuscitation of some of the nation’s oil refineries without reference to the past administration that initiated and executed the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the facilities years back, which dividends the nation now enjoys and which will result in steady supply of petroleum products.

“Similarly, informed Nigerians note with dismay how the APC administration has been celebrating the certification of Nigeria as polio-free in the last one year by the World Health Organisation (WHO) without giving credit to the PDP-led government under whose watch the feat was achieved.”

The PDP said instead of trying to poach undeserved achievements, the Federal Government should brace up, articulate a precise economic policy, assemble an economic team and policy that will keep the nation on the path of economic progress and development carved out by the past Jonathan administration.

But the APC spokesman, wondered how “the APC-led Federal Government can be blamed for the blatant refusal of the last administration to adequately equip the military to confront the Boko Haram insurgency, when even an appointee of the administration told the world the military lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an insurgency ‘’What achievement is there for anyone to appropriate from an administration that will go down in history as the most rapacious, incompetent and clueless in the history of our nation?’’ it queried.

APC said in less than three months of its existence, the Buhari administration has started off on a strong footing in many areas, including ‘‘the fight against insurgency, the battle against corruption, the reorganisation of the oil sector that was the private piggy bank of the last administration, the bailout of many states that could not pay the salaries of their workers, the revival of the Nigerian dream, the resetting of Nigeria’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the global community and the overdue clean-up of the Niger Delta region, which was shockingly ignored by a President from that region.”



  • Arabakpura

    Place them side by side in oratorical skills, the one with the “A” alphabet displays more classical construction than the other which is more mundane. If PDP knew what they wanted, they would have ensured that these things worked before elections so that they could reap electoral reward from there. I think paranoia has set in and I don’t blame them for hallucinating. If they don’t make noise now, they are on their way to extinction. Buhari has not even started and only his aura is so far at work and the society is already starting to normalize.
    PDP did not make hay while the sun shone! Quite unfortunate for them and now they are preparing for their Nunc Dimitis!

    • omorojohn

      Can you please tell we the masses what Buhari has done so fare. Party aside ,but as a good citizen our Nation(Nigeria)

      • Arabakpura

        Did i not say that Buhari has not even started and everywhere and everybody is already feeling his effect?

        • charlieakpeumoh

          So Buhari started with his aura – to work wonders in one of the most difficult society in Africa, where corruption is said to be “on an industrial scale”? Kwo? Thanks, but after 4 (min.) to 8 years (max.), there will be no more excuses! Even the present sycophants will melt away. Gbam.

      • Monye Ebube

        Like your Olisa Metuh, the loudmouth and empty barrel of PDP, your English is faltering, Omorojohn! It is wrong to say, “tell we the masses.” The correct English expression is, “tell us, the masses.” The summary of all about PDP is that it is a party of the most unreasonable, most unconscionable and most selfish humans ever on earth! They are destroyers by any standard! PDP members must be idiots for claiming that what President Buhari has achieved in just two months, by sheer body language, had been worked down for him by the erstwhile government of PDP’s Mr Do-nothing!

        • Bill_Gates

          No one is perfect, no need to be an English teacher.

      • God’s Judgement

        Perhaps you’re not on this planet.

  • Ebaah Odibo

    Once upon a time, two thieves (APC and PDP) succeeded in stealing huge sums of money from a man (Nigerian masses). However, as they were sharing the loot, they disagreed amongst themselves. Imagine the buffoonery of these thieves to ask the owner of the stolen money to be the arbiter of who (amongst the thieves) should have the lion’s share! They even ask the man to judge who is more of a thief than the other!

  • Brown

    For one to be decieved is common BT for one to decieve himself is madness

  • wissy

    Things are now working, at least i don’t pay and queue to fuel generator for Electricity we know how it was and how it is now. even without minister. Lets be objective here. God Bless Nigeria, God keep and sustain PMB

  • Gbenga

    What is happening in the polity is GOD’s intervention. President M. Buhari / APC government, prosecute any corrupt person(s): Make sure your hands are clean, because you / APC government won’t be in power forever.

    When PDP or any other party has the opportunity to rule, the new ruling party should likewise prosecute the corrupt practices of the outgoing government.

    It should be a continuous cycle of probes and prosecution of corrupt person(s) and government(s), in order to stop free stealing and looting of public funds, and also re-institutionalize uprightness and discipline in our degenerated society.

    – See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/08/why-economically-were-in-trouble-buhari/#sthash.NySXGSq8.dpuf

  • AMARA.C

    APC IS FRAUD

  • agbobu

    PLEASE STOP THIS INFANTILE WEDNSEBURY AND ADDRESS THESE.TELL WE THE PEOPLE HOW GOODLUCK JONATHAN GOT 500 MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH THE FARM IN ABUJA/ TELL US HOW PATIENCE JONATHAN ACQUIRED THE BUNKERING VESSEL ‘MV PATIENCE’ USED TO CARRY CARRY STOLEN CRUDE? TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STOLEN 20 BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE CBN AS EXPOSED BY THE THEN GOVERNOR OF THE CBN SANUSI AND WHICH LED TO HIS REMOVAL AS THE CBN GOVERNOR. TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CRUDE OIL EXCESS ACCOUNT AND WHO AUTHORISED THE UNLAWFUL WITHDRAWALS. TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FOREIGN RESERVE THAT WAS ALMOST HALVED IN A SPACE OF ONE YEAR UNDER GOODLUCK JONATHAN. TELL US ABOUT THE ILLEGAL OIL SWAPS AND THOSE THAT BENEFITED FROM THEM. TELL US ABOUT MASSIVE FUEL IMPORT SUBSIDIES AND THOSE WHO BENEFITED FROM THEM. TELL US ABOUT THE OVER BLOATED CONTRACTS THAT WERE NOT EXECUTED BUT ALL THE MONEY COLLECTED AND THOSE BEHIND IT. TELL US ABOUT ALL THOSE STEALING OUR CRUDE OIL WILL GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS GANG LOOKED TO OTHER WAY. TELL US ABOUT THE OBSCENE IMPUNITY, SHAMELESS RECKLESS AND I DO NOT CARE TYPE OF ATTITUDE THAT WERE THE NORMS IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN.. IT GOES ON AND ON. IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN WE HAD FIVE PRESIDENTS, PATIENCE, DEZIANI, NGOZI, AGBUA AND JONATHAN WHO WAS THE WEAKEST. PLEASE STOP DEFENDING THE WORST ENEMY OF NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS GOODLUCK JONATHAN, PATIENCE JONATHAN AND THEIR GANGS.

  • God’s Judgement

    Why can’t People’s destructive Party PDP buried their heads in shame. What they couldn’t think about in 15yrs, Buhari had already tackled it in 2months. To be an opposition is to be constructive and creatively criticized the ruling party, but not on issues that collective People’s Destructive Party initiated. The whole world can wait any further to see how the entire PDP destroyed Nigeria for 15 consecutive years.

  • God’s Judgement

    Why can’t People’s destructive Party PDP bury their heads in shame. What they couldn’t think about in 15yrs, Buhari had already tackled it in 2 months. To be an opposition is to be constructive and creatively criticized the ruling party, but not on issues that People’s Destructive Party collective initiated. The whole world can wait any further to see how the entire PDP destroyed Nigeria for 15 consecutive years.

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