The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement accusing it of not leaving anything behind in its 16 years at the helms of affairs in the country, describing the president’s statement as a lazy man’s talk.
According to the party, Nigerians should by now have realised that they had mistakenly elected a wrong person as the nation’s President.
The spokesman of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, stated this on Monday, wondering if the president is aware of the implications of what he said.
Adeyeye said: “We have asked the President to sit up and work instead of lamenting every day. His lamentation won’t solve the problem he ought to solve.
“By the way, the Nigerian government under a PDP government tarred 36,000 kilometres of road under six years.
“The President said there was no railway and he went to inaugurate one of those a PDP President almost completed a few days ago.
“Does he know the salary of workers in 1999 and how much they earn now? He should ask how much university lecturers were earning before a PDP President increased their wages.
“The PDP government was also paying salaries as and when due; we were not owing.
“Under the Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP government created 13 universities, yet the President said we did nothing?
“He should be reminded also that we built power stations and also revolutionalised the industrial sector. When the PDP government was leaving, we had the best growing economy in Africa.”
The PDP spokesman also challenged President Buhari to tell Nigerians if his administration had bought any equipment for the Army in the war against the Boko Haram insurgents.
“All the equipment this government is using to prosecute the war was bought by the PDP government,” he said.
Adeyeye argued that the transformation of airports in Nigeria was handled by the PDP government, while denying the allegation that the PDP government did not save money for the 16 years that it was in power.
He said: “We created the Sovereign Wealth Fund, where money was kept. We also had the Excess Crude Account, where money was being kept.
“But the rebellion against the account came from those who are the doyen of the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress, today.
“The PDP government was able to cancel foreign debts under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Is that not an achievement?”
The PDP spokesman however tasked Nigerians to appeal to President Buhari to excuse them from his frequent diversion and face the job he was elected to do on account of his campaign promises.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
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