Opposition Peoples Democratic Party Tells President Muhammadu Buhari That His Excuses For Not Hitting The Ground Running, As Promised, Have Become Too Many
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has been challenged to live up to the expectations of Nigerians in line with the electoral promises of his All Progressives Congress (APC) and oath of office, instead of progressively making excuses. The leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this yesterday in a statement even as it tasked the president to stop whining and get down to work.
National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, said in the statement that the president’s actions since assumption of office had been evasive, diversionary and pre-emptive. The party spokesman stated further that the present government piles up excuses for possible failure in delivering on its campaign promises to Nigerians.
The PDP said it was unfortunate that President Buhari and the APC, who were privy to the nation’s dwindling economy occasioned by global economic downturn and fall in international oil price, even before the start of the campaigns, chose to deceive Nigerians with bogus promises, only to now resort to excuses after using the promises to secure power.
The PDP also said Nigerians should not expect much from Buhari’s first 100 days in office, noting that his claim that he met “virtually an empty treasury and huge debts”, only underlines the fact that the present administration is not equipped to face the task of governance.
“While we restate our resolve to engage only in credible and issue-based opposition, we want the President and the APC to note that their plea for because ab-initio, there has not been any indication that they are actually serious and determined to deliver on their campaign promises upon which they rode to power.
“Of course Nigerians are willing to support and co-operate with the President, but we are worried that the pictures emerging from his presidency, and his party, do not in any way inspire hope in the citizenry, especially as they have continued to show that theirs is ostensibly a matter of obtaining power by false pretences.
“President Buhari and the APC must know that Nigerians did not give them the mandate to engage in frivolous excuses and pleas but to hit the ground running with solutions and quick fixes they promised during the campaigns. “We ask, is President Buhari’s statement an admission of poor knowledge of national and international economic affairs or does it underscore the lack of capacity and skills by the administration to effectively harness and galvanize resources and potentials inherent in Nigeria which has already been nurtured as Africa’s largest economy and one of the fasted growing in the world.
“Even if Nigerians decide to wait endlessly, we wonder how much the President can achieve amidst the flipflops from his presidency and cacophony of interests from his party leaders struggling to enlarge their selfish political and economic frontiers.
“How can one reconcile President Buhari’s statement with the recent ridiculous and misleading claim by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that this administration has achieved, in three weeks, what the immediate past administration did not achieve in five years? “Since after their electoral victory, the APC and the President have continued to expose their lack of commitment towards their campaign promises. “We recall that on May 5, 2015, twenty-four days before his inauguration, President Buhari at a meeting with APC leaders in Abuja opened the excuse galore when he expressed his nervousness to deliver in office, adducing that ‘Rome was not built in a day’.
“We also recall that in their attempt to find an escape route in one of their bogus campaign promises, the APC denied that the President ever promised Nigerians that they will end insurgency in two months after inauguration but had to swallow their words after the PDP confronted them with the April 22, 2015 CNN interview where Buhari made that promise.
“Indeed, we empathize with the President knowing that the confusion and clear lack of direction in his party have not helped matters, but we urge him to rise up to the challenge, take urgent steps and disentangle himself from the selfish and unpatriotic tendencies of APC leaders, especially given the fact that Nigerians gave him a mandate for which they will continue to hold him accountable”, PDP stated.
The party also restated its commitment and support “to see the APC and the President unveil their economic roadmap and blueprint for governance so as to enable us through robust opposition, provide credible alternatives and options for their policies and programmes in the overall interest of our dear nation”.