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Jonathan administration accused of wrecking economy

02 February 2015, 21:27

Abuja - The President Goodluck Jonathan administration has ruined running the country's economy aground with a combination of incompetence, corruption and profligacy hence Nigerians need to vote it out of office, the All Progressives Congress said.

In a statement late Monday, the main opposition party argued the electorate could not afford to “reward” the President with another four-year term.

“The only reason the Jonathan administration and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have been engaging in a campaign of mudslinging rather than of issues is to distract the attention of Nigerians from the very serious state of the nation's economy, but we have decided to redirect the ongoing electioneering campaign to issues,” the party said in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued.

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It said whereas Jonathan had been promising that he would create 2 million jobs annually if re-elected, the reality on the ground did not support that pledge, especially because his administration failed to create meaningful jobs when oil prices were lucrative.

“The Jonathan administration has been lying to Nigerians on the issue of employment,” said APC.

“The Works Minister said Nigeria is like one huge construction site, with many people employed in this sector. But the truth of the matter is that the biggest construction firms in Nigeria have been retrenching, rather than employing.”

The opposition party also said the Federal Government had “pauperized” most states and made it impossible for them to pay the salaries of their workers by refusing to refund the huge funds they spent on federal projects.

For example, the Federal Government owes Jigawa State N13 billion, the party alleged.

“More than anything else, unprecedented corruption under the Jonathan administration has dealt a death blow to the economy,” APC said.

The party is projected to offer Jonathan’s PDP a stiff challenge in the polls scheduled for February 14 and 28.

- CAJ News


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