The presidential campaign council of the APC has criticized the opposition PDP over an alleged plot to sneak its way back to power through a campaign of distortion and lies.
The ruling party, whose 2015 emergence made history as the first time an opposition party defeated the incumbent in the country, stressed the damaging effects of the 16 years of PDP’s leadership of the country, a period it reckoned that the party ‘made empty promises after another’ and delivered little to nothing to the people.
The criticism was contained in a weekend statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, the director of media and publicity of the APC campaign. He was responding to Atiku’s comments on the state of Nigeria’s security, economy and other issues under the management of the APC.
Atiku whose stint as vice president to Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP for two terms ended with allegations of theft and diversion of public assets, quipped that Nigeria ought to have overcome its security challenges given the resources deployed to combat terror.
But Onanuga slammed the PDP candidate for lacking the “capacity for introspection”, adding that the country was grounded by his party before their ouster by Nigerians.
“Let us not forget that the PDP left our infrastructure decrepit, highways impassable after allotted money to contractors had been shared by party stalwarts,” the statement reads.
“Let us not forget that this party now posing as recovery agents had already grounded our country and made our economy comatose before Buhari took over on 29 May 2015.”
“Let us not forget that the two poorest states in our country, Sokoto and Bayelsa are states being governed by the PDP in the last 8 years.”
“In the past seven and a half years, the Buhari government has been trying to clear the mess left by the PDP predecessors.”
“Despite the challenges faced on the economic front, among which is dwindling revenue exacerbated by oil theft, the government has been able to showcase many game-changing projects.”
“One of them, which temporarily opened on 15 December, is the Second Niger Bridge. The PDP promised the south-east states and Ifeanyi Okowa’s Delta state that it would build the bridge.”
“For 16 years, the party made one empty promise after another. Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 decided to take on the project. He awarded it all over again and in record time the 1.6 kilometres long bridge is ready.
“And it comes with other ancillary infrastructure including a 10.3 km highway, a bypass to Owerri and a toll station at Obosi.
“While we promise Nigerians that our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will build on Buhari’s legacy and improve the economy and the security situation, we can only say to the PDP: ‘Nigerians have rejected you and our people will not buy your lies again!”