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Don’t Renege On N5,000 Monthly Stipend, PDP Tells Buhari

…Says APC, Osinbajo Misleading Nigerians

Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Vice President- elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo mis- represented facts regarding the nation’s economy particularly, the correct status of the nation’s government debt stock, ostensibly to further the attempts by the incoming APC administration to discredit the PDP.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Monday criticized the Vice President-elect for failing to be bold and honest enough to also inform the nation that bulk of the $63.7 billion debt was incurred by APC states.

“It is indeed unfortunate that the Vice President-elect who has the details of the debt stock chose to be economical with the truth and to mislead Nigerians just to discredit the current PDP-led ad- ministration and rationalize APC’s unpreparedness for governance.

“Prof. Osinbajo is aware that the $63.7 billion is made up of external and domestic debts belonging not only to the Federal Government but to federal and state governments and accumulating since the 1960s, yet he deliberately misrepresented the facts to give the unsuspecting public the impression that the amount was exclusively incurred by the current Federal Government.

“Perhaps the Vice President- elect avoided the details so as not to expose the fact that the APC controlled Lagos state has both the highest external debt stock of $1,169, billion as well as the highest domestic debt stock of N278,867 billion.

“Furthermore we find it unacceptable and unstatesmanly for the Vice President-elect to attempt to mislead Nigerians into believing that the total federal debt component was accumulated under the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, when it is on record that a greater chunk of the amount was inherited”, the statement said.

The party said it was also on record that part of the contemporary borrowing from the domestic bond market was occasioned by the global economic and financial crisis as well as the downturn in crude oil revenue, which adversely affected other economies of the world.

Berating the in-coming administration for dwelling on excuses and reneging on campaign promises, the PDP wondered if the APC and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari did not know about the economic challenges caused by the dwindling oil revenues before making their bogus promises to Nigerians.

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