The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its members to intensify their efforts in providing assistance to poor Nigerians in their neighborhoods to help mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The PDP also called on more Nigerians to join public-spirited individuals and groups in extending assistance to vulnerable citizens in the overall effort to contain and check the spread of the pandemic in the nation.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Saturday, the party said it made the call against the backdrop of the “manifest failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to shelve its greed and corruption and make adequate provisions for social palliatives and other panaceas to Nigerians, despite the immense resources at its disposal”.
Further stating that its position was also in line with its manifesto and guiding principles to ensure the security, wellbeing and happiness of all citizens, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political persuasion, the PDP called on all Nigerians to look beyond primordial considerations and join forces to defeat the virus.
The party therefore urged Nigerians to use this time to further display their spirit of brotherly care by assisting vulnerable persons around them particularly the aged, the unemployed as well as individuals and families whose means of livelihood had been crippled by the lockdown.
Furthermore, the PDP described as worrisome, that at a time as this, “the APC and its government would remain lethargic and allow sheer incompetence, greed, avarice and primitive corruption to continue to constrict it into unnecessary parochialism in the handling of effort against the spread of COVID-19 in our country.
“Our party also bemoaned the lack of accountability and the manifest sleaze in the disbursement of financial palliatives with allegations of diversion of billion of naira to private purses to the detriment of poor Nigerians.
Indeed, such is not the way to go.”
It said the Federal Government should be transparent and involve more capable Nigerian medical experts, researchers, as well as equipment manufacturers to assist in checking the spread of the pandemic in the country.