The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend came down heavily on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), maintaining it lacks moral right of posing as the voice on the way forward in our national life.
By Jide Orintunsin – Abuja
It added former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his vice Atiku Abubakar contributed immensely contributed to the destruction and erosion of the socio-economic values of the country.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, took a swipe on the PDP and the former leaders for their recent outbursts on national affairs.
The statement reads in part: “It is baffling that the same political actors that midwifed and institutionalised the national rot, corruption, impunity and eroding of our value systems are the same characters posing as voices on the way forward in our national life. How ironic!
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo could start with telling us where the electricity is despite $16billion he spent on the power sector.
“Obasanjo’s deputy, Alh. Atiku Abubakar should account for the privatisation exercise under his watch which saw national assets sold off to friends and cronies with no benefit to the country.
“Successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations can also start by accounting for the trillions stolen from our national coffers in the guise of a fraudulent fuel subsidy regime.”
The ruling APC noted the opposition and its leaders, in exercising their rights, have in the past raised issues through skewed letters, spew empty, hypocritical, tongue-in-cheek and two-faced economic magic models in line with their Dubai meeting strategies.
The party maintained it is committed to “walking the talk with verifiable projects and people-centred interventions that is uplifting Nigerians.”
APC further noted PDP and “these political actors probably only listen to their own voices because Nigerians have long stopped taking them seriously as they simply lack the antecedents and moral credentials to guide Nigeria and Nigerians to the path of prosperity and progress.
“Instead of the “do or die” lingo Obasanjo and the PDP introduced to our electioneering, votes are beginning to count as our elections improves steadily.
“Their abandoned projects which constituted drainpipes on national resources are being completed by this administration.
“The brazen culture of impunity and corruption which they institutionalised is being replaced by strong and accountable systems.
“The culture of round tripping and the rested subsidy regime in the petroleum sector has been replaced by a deregulated and accountable petroleum pricing template.
“Instead of plotting how to sell of national assets, particularly the NNPC to friends, this administration is reforming public sector operations to ensure optimised service delivery.
“We are gradually eating what we grow. Our national emergency health response has earned global accolades and recognition as displayed by our COVID-19 response.
“Our defence capacity to respond and contain emerging security challenges is now tested and proven. How did Nigeria achieve this? A strong, people-centred and focussed leadership which the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration provides.”