Stop mudslinging, dwell on issues, APC tells PDP
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to explain how it plans to move from the “near zero governance” of the past six years of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to good and purposeful governance, instead of engaging in mudslinging.
In a statement Sunday, the national Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed belief that elections should be about issues that will be beneficial to the electorate, not about throwing everything at a particular candidate simply because of his soaring acceptability.
He said it is time for the PDP to end the muckraking and tell Nigerians how it plans to tackle the worsening insecurity in the land, the collapsing national currency, with the US dollar now exchanging for N215, massive unemployment, decayed infrastructure and the unprecedented corruption.
APC said: “The essence of the sustained campaign of calumny against Gen. Muhammadu Buhari by the PDP is to distract the APC from telling Nigerians how it plans to effect the much-needed change from zero to purposeful governance, and also to sweep under the carpet the glaring failures of the Jonathan’s administration.
“In both instances, the PDP has failed, as Nigerians have refused to be swayed by all the scandal mongering by the PDP, while the APC has remained focused in selling its game-changing manifesto to the citizenry.”
The APC’s spokesman said the PDP and President Jonathan should tell Nigerians what happened to the allegedly missing $20billion oil funds, amid concerns that the money could have vanished into the ruling party’s slush funds for electioneering campaign.
According to him, “Nigerians are also asking: Mr. President, where are the Chibok girls who were abducted nine months ago, and whom you promised to reunite with their families? What happened to the stage-managed truce with Boko Haram and why has no one been punished for deceiving Nigerians? Mr. President, where is the report of the forensic auditing you ordered into the missing $20b oil funds? It is now two months since the deadline set by your Finance Minister for the release of that audit report. Will the report go the way of others before it?
“Mr. President, why are our soldiers being sent to battle Boko Haram without the necessary equipment, even though trillions of Naira have been budgeted for the security and defence sector under your watch? Why are soldiers having to buy even their uniforms and the wounded among them financing their medical treatment, as some soldiers said in a CNN interview?”