Labour Party, CISLAC disagree with APC governors over performance

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja   |   26 May 2017   |   4:10 am  

Ahead of the May 29 Democracy Day celebration, the Labour Party (LP) yesterday disagreed with claims by All Progressives Congress (APC) governors that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had performed creditably well on the saddle.

Governor Simon Lalong, who spoke after the APC governors’ parley with the Chief John Odigie Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja, said that the APC-led administration at both the federal and state government levels are doing “so far so well.”

But LP’s National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, told The Guardian that there was noting so far to celebrate under the APC-led administration.

He said: “Otherwise is the case when you talk of APC doing very well. They have performed extremely very poor. And in the economic front, they are a failure. They have destroyed our economy.

“The purchasing power of the average Nigerian has been reduced to nothing. Workers’ salary cannot take them anywhere. The health sector is worse and that is why Buhari is going abroad for treatment.

Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa, also spoke in the same vein, said the APC-led administration was yet to live up to its campaign promises.

Musa, who spoke with The Guardian, faulted the APC governors, saying there was nothing to celebrate with the appealing level of poverty, unemployment and infrastructural decay in the polity.

He said: “You cannot have a success story when there is no electricity in Nigeria, when Nigerians are battling with job losses and when you cannot live up to your promises to diversify the economy. You can’t claim success with all these problems on ground. What is important is that good intentions need to be translated into actions.”

The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, had before the start of the parley said he was impressed with the governors’ performance during his visit to some of the APC-controlled states.

According to him: “I want to say that I am so happy that we have met twice and we are seeing the effects, very positive, very salutary effect are beginning to manifest in the party.”



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