Administration of President Muhammad Buhari came under attack yesterday at the maiden National Conference of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as several speakers lampooned the government for failure to fulfill any of its campaign promises.
The PDP also insisted that Mr. President must probe the circumstances surrounding payment of over N25 billion to a private company, Remitter, reported to have been engaged by the government for the implementation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA.
Addressing the delegates from the 36 states and the FCT, the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu said APC won the last election based on propaganda and myriad of campaign promises the party had no intention of fulfilling.
Ekweremadu regretted that the APC was yet to keep any of its campaign promises and called on the PDP to set a shadow cabinet to benchmark the ruling party on its promises.
“As could be seen from the events of the past few months, it is evident that while a party may ride to power on the wings of propaganda, it takes more than propaganda to govern well and retain goodwill.
“The APC won by promising much more than they could deliver. They promised to scale up the exchange rate of our currency to a Naira to one US Dollar. Have they kept this promise?
They promised to bring back the Chibok girls in less than three months. Have they brought back the Chibok Girls?
“They promised to pay N5,000 to unemployed youths. Have they paid a kobo to any youth?
They promised free meals to our children in the schools. Have they given any? They recently promised to end the Boko Haram insurgency in December 2015. We earnestly hope and pray that this particular promise is kept in the overall interest of our nation.”
The PDP chieftain faulted the management of the economy since May 2015, saying the country lacked economic direction.
Senator Ekweremadu expressed worry that the dark days are gradually returning to the country as the APC-led government continues to clamp down on their perceived opponents.
“Looking at the way our country is being run by the APC-led Federal Government today, it is safe to say that we are back in the trenches for democracy because credible and responsible opposition is an essential, indeed indispensable component of thriving democracy and good governance”, Ekweremadu added.
He called on the international community to call the APC to order over what he termed “fast-narrowing political freedom” cautioning the ruling party not to “turn government into a bonfire of bitterness and a cavalcade of recrimination”.
“An anti-corruption trap that catches only those who have axe to grind with powerful political forces will appear compromised and leaves so much to be desired and does not represent a blueprint for change”, Senator Ekweremadu said.
In his welcome address, the PDP acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the party will not allow the federal government to sweep under the carpet the controversy over the payment of over N25 billion to a company in the process of implementation of TSA.
“Just yesterday, the Senate commenced the investigation of an allegation involving the payment of commission to a company allegedly owned by a Northern APC Governor and a South-Western APC Leader for collecting monies meant for the Single Treasury Account in violation of the BIOFA Act.
“This is an unprecedented rip-off of our common wealth. We urge a thorough investigation of this allegation and the transparent prosecution of anybody indicted in this fraudulent deal, no matter how highly placed.”
Prince Secondus also decried the systematic attack on members of PDP by agents of the federal government and warned that enough is enough.
He listed some of the sins of the Buhari administration, including “Their interferences in the judicial processes that have led to the unjustifiable judgements at the lower courts in the Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Taraba States post election petitions; the virtual degeneration of Nigeria into a police state exemplified in the invasion of Akwa-Ibom government house by security agents and the flagrant abuse of the fundamental rights of members of the opposition and the obvious selective implementation of the ordinarily well received anti-corruption fight.
“Again, we need to use this medium to call on the APC government to put a stop to these indiscretions in the interest of the survival of our hard-won democracy. Enough is enough!
“Let it be clear that the people of Nigeria and PDP members would stand resolutely against any attempt to constrain our cherished freedoms under the rule of law.”
In his own remark, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Dr Bello Haliru Mohammed advised President Muhammadu Buhari “to quickly get down to work and stop making excuses,” stressing that he people of Nigeria have had enough of their excuses.
So far, all what they call their achievements are based on the foundation laid by the PDP governments in the past, yet at every point we hear that the government has failed to fulfill this or that campaign promise because of what PDP did or did not do.
“At the beginning we learnt that our government left an empty treasury but revenues continue to be generated in the last six months, Federation Account Allocation Committee continue to hold and money shared between Federal, States and Local governments. Have we seen any change?
“The APC was aware of the state of treasury when they made the promise that the naira will rise and be equivalent to the dollar. What is happening now? The naira has continued to depreciate beyond what they inherited. Tragically, instead of saving the naira, we can say they are killing the naira.
“They promised free education and free meals for school children, among other hollow promises. Where are the schools, where are the meals? Where is Baba Go Slow that our innocent children are asking for?

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