A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bala Ibrahim, has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for being responsible for the poverty of over 133 million Nigerians.
Ibrahim, who is also the Director of Information of the ruling party, said this while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) mid-November revealed that 63% of Nigerians (133 million people) are multidimensionally poor. It said while 65% of the poor (86 million people) live in the north, 35% (nearly 47 million) live in the south.
However, Ibrahim said, “I am happy the NBS did not say it is the APC that impoverished Nigerians.”
“This poverty that has taken control of Nigeria is as a result of the misrule of the PDP for 16 years. The APC since it came into power has been doing everything to uplift the standard of living, to take people to the place of their ambitions and it promised to provide succour and it is doing so.
“It is not something that can happen overnight but if you take the statistics of the number of people that have been taken to the next level, the number of people that have been pulled out of poverty, the number of people that are happy, particular the number of people that have been turned into millionaires through rice farmers, you will see that no government in the history of Nigeria has done so well in fighting poverty like this administration,” he added.