Presidency Slams PDP over “False Claims”

The Presidency has said Nigeria is not ready to accept the PDP to power again.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement on Sunday. He described the PDP as a party with no truth.

He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claims that Nigerians are fed up with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is humiliating.
He said although the PDP is yearning for power come 2023, Nigerians will not welcome them again.

Recall that the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, had on December 30, 2020, told journalists in an interview section that having experienced both PDP and APC led leadership, Nigerians have realized that only the PDP has the interests of the country at heart.

However, Shehu, who reacted to the PDP, said the claims were false. In his words:
“These days, so many people are saying so many things, indulging mostly in the abuses of others and as official spokespersons ,we make the deliberate choice of staying out for the most part.”
“But it is hard to ignore the shameful and disgraceful claims made by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is making the false claims that Nigerians are dissatisfied with the present and wished for the return to the years of locusts.”

“At the rate, they are going, it is not far fetched to agree with another politician in describing the PDP as a “university of falsehood,” in which the bigger the lies their functionaries can tell, the higher in rank they are promoted to.”

“It is too soon for their evil records to be washed away or forgotten. They held onto the throne of power for 16 years fighting for their own happiness, not that of the majority of Nigerians. They turned the country into a nation of scams promoting corruption to an industrial scale, exploiting the country’s oil, mineral, and land resources for selfish reasons.)”.

“PDP’s lasting legacy will be the catastrophe that was the power expansion programme in which USD 16 billion was taken from the treasury without a megawatt of electricity added to the grid system”.

“The Buhari-led administration is on the other hand, fighting for the happiness of the majority of Nigerians, rebuilding a battered economy, putting in place long-delayed infrastructure and managing a novel Coronavirus pandemic in a very competent and impressive manner as to earn the commendation of the World Health Organization, WHO.”

“In those their 16 years, a period in which a barrel of oil sold for as high as USD 140, they blew a golden opportunity to grow the economy to soaring heights. They could have used the enormous earrings to increase power generation, modernize the rail and fix roads and bridges as the present administration is currently struggling, with lesser incomes to do. About 800 road projects are now ongoing in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“The malaise of the PDP administration is manifested in the collapse of local food production, replaced by a daily average spending of USD 5 million in rice importation. Today, not a kobo from the Central Bank of Nigeria is used to fund the importation of food. In effect, we eat what we grow. PDP broke the economy by killing industrialization.”

“In terms of ease of doing business we have, as of today, gained 39 places up the ladder in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from where we were 2015 and in two of these years, we were adjudged as being in the top ten of the reforming economies of the world.”

“The main reason for the defeat of the PDP in 2015 was corruption. The present administration at the center led by President Muhammadu Buhari has so far presented a corrupt-free image of itself. It has succeeded in abolishing grand corruption at the top. Today, you are sure that no one will call the Governor of Central and ask him to bring hard cash- Naira, Pounds, Dollars, Euro or Renminbi.”

“This is attested to by world leaders, including the outgoing American President, Donald Trump, who commended President Buhari for “significantly bringing down the country’s level of corruption.”

“Today, we have given the world its best performing stock market. Covid economy notwithstanding, Nigeria stands as the number one country in Africa in the International Monetary Fund, IMF 2020 Economic Outlook’s rating of countries. Using countries’ GDPs, the IMF lists Nigeria among the world’s first 26 countries.”

“There are many today who take for granted the declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, forgetting the reign of the bomber who made it almost impossible for regular attendance in markets, Churches, and Mosques in many of our cities, including the Federal Capital City, Abuja.”
“Yet, the so-called Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says many Nigerians who are already fed up with the ” Misrule” of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and are-hold your breath- yearning for its (PDP) return to power in 2023. Don’t believe their toxic statements.”

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