PDP Tasks INEC On Credible Polls In 2019, Berates APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates the Liberian President-elect, George Weah on his victory even as an opposition candidate in the keenly contested Presidential election.
The party also congratulates all Liberians for a peaceful and successful political transition, which is a firm and loud statement that democracy has taken firm roots not only in Liberia but also in the entire continent.
Equally commendable is the commitment of the Liberian National Electoral Commission for its internal reforms that paved the way for a credible election which outcome is in consonant with the wishes and aspirations of the citizens.
As a leader in the West African Sub-region, Nigeria, especially under the PDP played key roles in ensuring the political stability in Liberia and must continue to show direction by ensuring the consolidation of democratic practice and culture both at home and in other countries in the sub-region.
On that note, the PDP charges the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu to ensure a credible 2019 general election by insulating the commission from external interferences, particularly from the ruling APC as well as weed out all compromised officials, who could be used by undemocratic forces to try to subvert the will of the people.
Finally, we urge Nigerians to join in strengthening our democratic practice through active participation in political education and mobilization to ensure an electoral process that will ultimately rescue the nation from the clutches of APC misrule.
Meanwhile, the PDP has berated the APC government over what it called failure to fulfil promises to the people, saying, Enough Of Lies And False Hope
The PDP on Friday advised the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to issue any New Year message to Nigerians since they have not fulfilled any of the promises contained in their previous messages since assumption of office.
The party said Nigerians have become overstretched by the litany of woes visited on them in the last two years by the incompetent and pretentious APC Government, stressing that it would be the height of callousness for the party and its government to spew another round of propaganda and false hope in the name of new year messages.
“What else would they tell Nigerians apart from inventing new lies and propaganda as they had always done, particularly at the turn of each New Year”, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan queried in a statement.
Every New Year, since 2016, the APC and its Federal Government have been reeling out heaps of promises which they had no intentions to fulfill. Now they are warming up to reel out fresh ones in January 2018.
What is the need of a New Year message from APC Government when it would be replete with propaganda? What is the need of their yearly assurances when the only thing we see is an arrogant and incompetent government plunging the nation into economic recession and visiting the citizens with the worst forms of untold hardship.
What seriousness should any Nigerian attach to a government that takes governance for granted, puts off its Federal Executive Meeting at the slightest whims and blame imaginary invasion of its offices by rats for the inability to meet required statutory functions?
What else should Nigerians expect from a government that promised massive employments only to render 7.74 million Nigerians jobless between 2016 and September 2017; with combined unemployment and underemployment rate hitting 40.0% as declared by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
This is the same APC that promised to deliver naira exchange at N1 to 1USD but ended up wrecking the currency from N160-N170 to a scandalous N350-N400; the same party and its government promised to reduce the price of fuel only for it to rise from where the PDP left it at N86.50 to N300-N400 per litre.
What do we expect from a government that so devastated the economy in 2017 that Nigerians were forced to turn to Ponzi schemes like the Mavrodi Mundial Movement (MMM) for survival only for an estimated three million of them to lose about N18 billion in the process.
The APC misrule literarily turned 2017 into a harvest of woes; hunger, disease, violence and deaths while the nation is now being pummelled by ethnic and religious agitations and attendant violence in all parts of the country.
Also this year, marauders, criminal herders, Badoo cultists and insurgents were on the prowl with several innocent Nigerians as victims.
Nigerians suffered strange diseases; businesses were shut; hardship and poverty swelled mortality and divorce rates while the APC continues to thrive on propaganda and lies.
Measured against all key performance indicators, the APC controlled Federal Government has fallen below the expectations of Nigerians.
Painfully, instead of channeling the nation’s resources for the good of the citizens, the “zero corruption” Federal Government is busy providing cover for APC interests who are diverting public funds through padded budgets, multi-billion dollars secret oil subsidy regimes, illegal lifting of crude using unregistered APC fronts, pillaging of Nigeria’s foreign reserves, diverting of funds meant for fight against insurgency and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northeast; and attempts to steal $1bn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
Nigerians are very patient people but are tired of APC’s incompetence, lies and endless propaganda.
We therefore urge the APC to stop taking Nigerians for granted as the nation eagerly await their farewell address come 2019.