Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) claimed the last four years have been the most successful tenure by any administration in the history of the country.
A statement by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, said no administration in the history of Nigeria has turned in high flying, all sector delivery in its first four years.
“Today under President Jonathan, Nigerians relish in all fundamental freedoms even to a level where the opposition denigrate the person and the office of the President, yet no one is harassed and none, a political prisoner. Besides, the legacy of credible elections instituted in 2011 has gathered enough steam with President Jonathan's insistence on one man, one vote. Votes now count and for the first time in our recent history, Nigerians raise their voters cards (PVC) in pride as a sign of strength and weapon for the enthronement of leaders of their choice,” PDP stated.
The party argued that the mark of true leadership was the ability to stay the course notwithstanding the level of distractions orchestrated to make the leader lose focus, saying President Goodluck Jonathan had beaten every adversity to achieve an unprecedented transformation of Nigeria.
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“What change is greater than an unimpeachable delivery in both fundamentals and incidentals of democracy? The basic and true test of democracy lies in the level of freedom available to the citizenry, in the separation of powers and in the value attached to the expressed wishes of the people in timely polls. To these cardinals of democracy, President Jonathan has been a slave!”
Change is at the centre of the opposition All Progressive Congress’ manifesto.
“The change lies in the change of values and attitudes towards decades-long corruption as occasioned by the firm stand of President Jonathan on zero tolerance and in establishing the Freedom of information law which have made Nigerians discuss freely and expose corruption while government battle the ill within the ambit of the law,” PDP stated.
The change, the statement continued, lies in the continuity of the current infrastructural turn around where lethargy in the unbundling of the energy sector was swiftly overcome and more power stations completed to up and stablise power supply as the critical base for accelerated development.
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“The change is where a record 25 000 out of 35 000 km of Federal roads were either re-constructed or rehabilitated in just four years and railways long abandoned for decades now back on steam. There can be no better change better than in the diversification of the economy and where the investment friendly environment created by the Jonathan administration has buoyed up the economy with local and foreign investments; importantly, strengthening genuine local entrepreneurs for global competition, with automobiles for example now manufactured Nigeria.”
PDP said Jonathan had established 14 new federal universities in four years and knew the critical importance of health and agriculture.
The party charged that the opposition slogan of change was a mask for their inability to fashion out an alternative roadmap to greatness.
“We wish Nigerians to ask whether change means a return to an era where governments bought no single weapon for the armed forces to build its strength and make it formidable.
"Nigerians deserve to know whether change means a throwback to the time where instead of using institutional means to fight corruption within the ambit of the law, government would use extra judicial instruments to deprive Nigerians of the very essence of democracy in the name of fighting corruption.”