Tuesday, 23 June 2015

PDP tells President Buhari to stop offering excuses

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as evasive, diversionary and pre-emptive, the Buhari administration’s ‘pile up’ of excuses for possible failure in delivering its campaign promises to Nigerians.

The PDP said it was unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, who were privy to the nation’s dwindling economy occasioned by global economic downturn and fall in international oil price, even before the start of the campaigns, chose to deceive Nigerians with bogus promises, only to now resort to excuses after using the promises to secure power at the centre.

In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesman for the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh, said the party noted with dismay, President Buhari’s statement on Monday that Nigerians should not expect much from his first 100 days in office on claims that he met “virtually an empty treasury and huge debts”.

Mr Metuh stressed that such statement only underlined the fact that the present administration was really not equipped to face the challenges of governance.

“While we restate our resolve to engage only in credible and issue based opposition, we want the President and the APC to note that their plea for patience from Nigerians does not arise, because ab initio, there has not been any indication that they are actually serious and determined to deliver on their campaign promises upon which they rode to power.

“Of course Nigerians are willing to support and cooperate with the President, but we are worried that the pictures emerging from his presidency and his party do not in any way inspire hope in the citizenry, especially as they have continued to show that theirs is ostensibly a matter of obtaining power by false pretences.

“President Buhari and the APC must know that Nigerians did not give them the mandate to engage in frivolous excuses and pleas but to hit the ground running with solutions and quick fixes they promised during the campaigns.

“Is President Buhari’s statement an admission of poor knowledge of national and international economic affairs or does it underscore the lack of capacity and skills by the administration to effectively harness and galvanise resources and potential inherent in Nigeria which has already been nurtured as Africa’s largest economy and one of the fasted growing in the world,” the opposition party questioned in the statement.
Credit: Channels 

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