The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s 57th Independence anniversary broadcast, describing same as an empty tirade intended to deceive Nigerians.
The party stated this, yesterday, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who noted that PDP members didn’t expect the President to fare any better than he did.
It said: “Like every other right-thinking Nigerians, the PDP watched with utter shock and disbelief, the address made by President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians on October 1, on occasion of Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary.
“Though, as a party, we never expected anything fantastic from the President, but the level of emptiness portrayed in the statement was too grave to be ignored.
“The attempt to hoodwink Nigerians again, we wish to note, did not succeed this time around, as the speech, tailored towards deceiving the populace who are already in the worst form of livelihood, brought upon them by the rudderless government of the All Progressives Congress, APC, could not do the magic they hoped for.”
Worried by the inability of Buhari’s government to keep faith with its electioneering promises, the party said it “feel ashamed on behalf of the APC government, which promised much, but almost three years into its tenure, has no meaningful development to show to the people, but mere continuous deceit, blame game and display of lack of vision in actualization of its bogus campaign promises for good governance.
“We wonder how President Buhari can, after two and half years of being on (sic) the saddle still maintains the stale rhyme of meeting an empty treasury after all the hard evidence of huge funds left behind by the PDP-led administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan?
“We still ask, and we expect an answer, though we know nothing will be offered as explanation. Where did the APC government get the money paid out by President Muhammadu Buhari as first bailout funds to states a few weeks into his administration?”
The party further said it fought insurgency so much that “elections were peacefully held in the troubled zone without anyone getting killed during the election of 2015 by terrorists. “We observe that the situation in the North-East has worsened in the last two and half years; the only achievement of the APC government as far as the issue of the Boko Haram insurgents is concerned is the inability of government to protect Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who are being bombed at will by insurgents.”
In what appeared the most potent jibe by the PDP in recent times, the party also berated the shoddy manner President Buhari is handling the corruption allegations against his confidant, Babachir Lawal, as well as the management of the nation’s economy.