The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in panic mood ahead of the 2023 general elections because of its recently increased membership base which is now 40 millions.
The ruling party, who described PDP as a sinking party, sajd President Muhammadu Buhari’s government from inception took “a good, progressive, patriotic and apolitical decision to complete the abandoned projects and Nigerians have been the ultimate beneficiaries.”
A statement in response to the PDP’s allegation that APC that the APC administration was claiming projects executed by it, the ruling party said “the PDP is referring to the litany of abandoned projects it left behind all over the country despite spending 16 years in power and receiving unprecedented earnings when crude oil sold for as high as $150 per barrel.”
The APC statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) John James Akpanudoedehe, reminded PDP that it was because of its failures that Nigerians rejected it twice, in 2015 and 2019.
“This loss is obviously still haunting the PDP and has caused disarray within its ranks and created irreconcilable divisions.
“In addition, huge legacy projects being executed by the APC-led administation include the Second Niger Bridge which is set to be completed in 2022, the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan dual carriageway, the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway, the Abuja-Akwangwa-Lafiya-Makurdi highway which is being reconstructed and dualised.
“The initiation, completion and commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan twin track railway line is another of such landmark projects delivered by the APC administration, even as more are underway.
“The PDP federal government failed to complete the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, which the President Buhari government completed and commissioned for the benefit of Nigerians.
“For a party that failed in its 16-year governance and as an opposition party, if the PDP believes that Nigerians are ready to place the administration of the country in its hand, then the PDP is a victim of its folly.
“At this point, PDP’s rudderless leadership should deal with the crisis of confidence it suffers. Our democracy deserves a credible opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to provide. Other parties must now rise to the ocassion and play the crucial role of opposition.
“Of course, the task of clearing the PDP rot is not a walk in the park considering the level of decay our nation sunk into under the watch of the PDP and the current efforts of PDP leaders to slow down our progress as a nation. However, this government, under the capable hands of President Buhari is focused and courageous enough to lead our country to its deserved place.
“From the 2015 to 2019 elections, Nigerians mandated the APC to among others fight corruption, secure the country and improve the economy. President Buhari and the progressive government he leads is committed to and keeping all electoral promises as well as embarking on overdue and needed reforms. From past era where profligacy, misgovernance and impunity were elevated to statecraft, Nigeria is finally getting it right under President Buhari on many fronts.”