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PDP demands APC answers on key national issues

27 July 2015, 18:30

Abuja - The opposition People's Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress of insulting critics at the expense of addressing pressing national issues.

Among such issues the PDP mentioned include lack of transparency, abuse of power, dwindling economy, escalating insecurity and alleged apparent failure of governance since APC assumed power.

Also read: 'Governors yet to receive bailout funds'

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh said the resort to insults by the APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to divert attention from issues, further confirmed the insincerity and emptiness of the APC even as a party in power.

Whilst we understand the desperation of Alhaji Lai Mohammed to remain relevant even without any influence of electoral success in his political career, at any level whatsoever, he and the APC must understand that being in government comes with demands of accountability, civility and decency, said Metuh.

We appreciate the elementary knowledge of the APC spokesman in his new role especially against the backdrop of his struggling to impress two masters at a time, Bourdellion and the President, who distributes the largesse at the  moment, but Nigerians expect that in his search for job, he should be decorous, mature and on the side of truth and accountability.

Metuh said the APC failed to address the issue of the recent organized public harassment and humiliation against the immediate-past First Lady and wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan at the Port Harcourt airport.

The former ruling party said the nation is still waiting for the APC and the Presidency to address the issue of the divisive and tendentious statement by President Buhari who declared to the world that he would run a discriminatory government based on voting pattern in the last general elections, in clear violation of his oath of office and the provisions of the constitution.

Metuh also claimed Nigerians were still waiting for explanations on the embarrassments that characterized the President's US visit, which instead of bringing gains, yielded only disagreements, accusations and exchanges between the Presidency and their American hosts.

The Presidency and the APC are yet to address the issue of the disgraceful treatment meted out on some Nigerian bankers and captains of industries by the President during the visit as well as the absence of an economic team in an important meeting with US officials thereby robbing the nation of the benefits of the discussions.

He said the citizens were still awaiting clarification on the important issue of the $2,1 billion loan the Presidency is taking from the World Bank for purposes yet unknown to the public and relevant arms of government.

The APC has failed to address our question on the handling of the nation's resources in the last two month, whereas the Presidency is unilaterally depleting national resources in the name of bailout for states, state governors are on air announcing that they have not received any form of bailout whatsoever from the centre, added Metuh.

APC had not commented on the accusations.

- CAJ News


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