The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is amazed over some frivolous claims credited to certain leaders of the Ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in which they expressed confidence that the Party’s Scorecard in 2019 will be that it cleared the PDP’s mess. We ask, how can a minus zero score card translate to confidence for winning elections? How convenient! It’s therefore very obvious that the APC is still stuck with its serial lies and blame game against the PDP since it assumed power more than two years ago. The APC should be told that its unwavering deception and manipulation against Nigerians could be likened to H. L. Mencken’s phrase of, “A lie that has attained the dignity of age”. Nigerians are already embittered and will not have a repeat of it in 2019, and we join them to say it is enough!!!
(2). In one of the APC leaders’ haughty and empty boasts, they referred to Nigerian Economy as decadent before APC took over from the PDP in 2015 among other narrow-minded claims they made. Before we proceed, we want to state emphatically that the APC’s abysmal failure will indeed be the PDP’s scoring points in 2019 given that the remaining one year plus will make no difference to the APC’s incompetence and crass ineptitude in political, democratic and public governance.
(3). In the light of the above, we promise to continue shielding the unsuspecting public from the APC’s sworn deception. On a second thought though, it appears Nigeria is being ruled by the APC from her status in 1983; otherwise, this plethora of lies against evidence-based achievements of the PDP in the entire sector wouldn’t have arisen. But we have deemed it fit to continue reminding Nigerians of our unparalleled achievements while in governance mainly, that of the immediate past Administration of H.E. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR. In line with Bo Bonneth, “For every reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth”.
(4). We wish to specifically note one other outrageous claim by these leaders, that the APC has recorded huge success in the ‘Agricultural Sector’ – in crops such as rice and grains; and for tubers like cassava and yam by next year. Indeed, this is absurd and a loquacious claim as there is no evidence, except increased hunger and frustrations on Nigerians daily. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP did surpass the APC’s imaginations of growth in Agricultural Sector especially, in the Rice and Cassava productions that they made a boast of. Below are some of our landmark achievements mainly by the Mid-Term of the PDP-led Administration of President Jonathan.
(5). The PDP Administration hinged the transformation of the Agricultural Sector on two major policy strategies: to eliminate corruption in the Sector and the strengthening of its Institutions. We make bold to state that these policy actions resulted in giant strides for the ‘Rice Crop’, where local production increased with evidence of rice brands like Ebony, Ashi, Mikap, etc., and they sold in Nigerian markets; thereby, reducing importation of rice to the barest minimum. A bag of rice sold for N8,000 while under this APC, its cost is almost 3 times more. Also, thirteen new private sector mills were established to buy and process up to 240 metric tons of rice. We sponsored 50 young Nigerian youths in a 5-month training programme on rice production to Kenya and enforced strict measures on importers of rice to encourage local production. In this Sector, we provided job opportunities especially, for teeming youths but now under the APC, there are about 5 million jobs lost; the Sector generated foreign exchange and diversified the Economy; it created the E-Wallet System that stopped corruption in fertilizer distribution; and achieved a reduction of the National Food Import Bill among other positive interventions.
(6). On ‘Cassava Tuber’, the record shows that the PDP Administration revamped several cassava processing companies in the Country such as DATCO and Thai Farms alongside about 150 cassava processing SMEs who were in comatose condition due to the refusal of Flour Mills purchasing cassava flour. This success was recorded given the commercialization of cassava flour which resulted in the production of about 132,000 metric tons of processed cassava flour and the consequent introduction of ‘Cassava Bread’ by two leading bakery companies in Nigeria, UTC and Butterland that contained 20% of cassava flour. We could go on and on!
(7). Equally, these men claimed to rebuild the ruins of the economy by creating an economy that is dependent on what Nigerians produce that will impact on the people of the Country. Wao! When and how? You can only give what you have! Let us further remind the APC leaders that they inherited Nigerian Economy that was growing consistently at an average of 7% annually for 10 years which General Mohammadu Buhari admitted to in Chatham House in February 2015; and she was the Number 1 Economy in Africa valued at over $500 million USD, and also the Number 1 foreign investment destination (FDI) in Africa with projection to be among the top 7 growing economies in the World by 2016; a position she has lost woefully. As at May 29, 2015, the Economy stood at a single digit inflation while currently, it’s on high double-digit with crunching hardship that has caused some untimely deaths on Nigerians due to economic inactivity and policy directionless of the APC.
(8). While we wait for the fizzling of this false Party, the APC in 2019, we want to pray it to show mercy on Nigerians by achieving at least 20% of its jumbo promises which are too numerous to mention. We wish to reiterate that the so-called ‘corruption war’ is already a failure as well as other facets of governance. Like it promised to defeat Boko Haram in two months but instead, the spate of bombings increased coupled with a new wave of attacks on Nigerians, the herdsmen, agitation, etc. However, we will continue to salute the courage and sacrifices of the Country’s military commands who are contending with the deadly Boko Haram Group; what about making N1 equal to $1 but on the contrary, the APC has beat Naira face flat on the ground. Also, it is to pay N5,000 to unemployed youths, stop medical tourism abroad, stop fuel subsidy, among other failed promises. Nigerians know better now!
(9). To this end, let the APC led-Government be reminded that it is currently leading close to 6 straight quarters of economic depression (not recession) in the Country and we wonder why the empty boast from its leaders. In sum, the PDP administrations worked vigorously and executed sound policies, programmes and projects (not “body language”) towards achieving sustainability for Nigeria and Nigerians in environmental integrity, economic vitality, and social inclusion. The records are visible and accessible to corroborate our claim!
Long live the PDP! Long live Nigeria!!!
Prince Dayo Adeyeye
National Publicity Secretary
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-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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