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PDP To Buhari: Stop Appropriating Our Achievements

Ayodele Ayodele, Abuja – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counsels the All Progressives  Congress (APC) to always be sincere and stop appropriating the  achievements of past administration as theirs.

The party said, instead, the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari should  make haste and activate the various economic outlets which have been  stagnated as a result of their obvious inability to articulate a clear-cut economic policy for the nation.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on  Monday said it is disappointing that a government which came to power on  claims of high moral ground, rather than focusing on delivering its  promises, is dancing around the achievements of the previous government  in an attempt to make the public believe that recorded successes in  critical sectors are theirs.

“For instance, how do we explain APC’s spirited effort to make the  public believe that the equipping of the country’s military for the  fights 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 President  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 characterized 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 we expect will  result in steady supply of petroleum products in our nation.

“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 Organization (WHO)  without giving credit to the PDP-led government under whose watch the  feat was achieved.

“While the PDP well understands the nervousness of the APC and its  government in the challenge of fulfilling their bogus promises upon  which they rode to power, such does not in any way rationalise the  resort to deceit and flagrant appropriation of another’s achievements, a  thing no serious, credible and honest government will do”.

The PDP said instead of trying to poach achievements to earn an  undeserved praise, the APC and its government should brace up,  articulate a precise economic policy, assemble an economic team and  urgently commence the delivery of their promises for which they were  voted.

The party said it finds it unacceptable, not withstanding the reasons  being adduced, for a government in a democratic setting to run for almost three months without a cabinet and any policy direction

“This is the first time since independence that our nation has stayed  without a complete composition of government for three months.  Unfortunately, the negative effect of this anomaly, which has taken a  huge toll on the country’s economy and the welfare of Nigerians, will be  with us in the coming years.

“We express this concern against the backdrop of information that  unpatriotic persons close to government are already hounding civil  servants for inflated concessions, allocations, jobs and other favours  being unduly granted, making the system fertile for heavy financial  sleazes in the absence of appropriate statutory supervising officers.

“This is in addition to the avoidable economic downturn now manifesting  in the abandonment of ongoing infrastructural projects, crippling of  foreign and domestic investments and continued slide in the money and
capital markets.

“Finally, we want to reiterate our earlier call on Nigerians to continue  to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, who for obvious reasons is  surrounded by people whose divergent personal interests have become a  huge burden on our dear nation, the integrity of this government, the  health of our economy and sustenance of our democracy”.


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