By Mary Amodu
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has an antecedent of not completing key infrastructure amenities across the country, accusing its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of lying at the party’s campaign rally that was held in Kogi state on Monday.
The PDP presidential candidate at the rally had vowed to complete all outstanding projects in Kogi state if elected into office.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, the National Publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said,”The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and some leaders of their traveling theatre group took their troupe to Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. In their usual way, they spent hours in the sun, made a lot of noise, and left without making any statement worthy of note.
“The party accused their main rivals in the forthcoming elections of rolling out falsehood to confuse the electorates.
“What did the PDP promise the people of Kogi State?, nothing. It is that bad. Understandably, it must have been a very difficult situation for the PDP leaders to face the people of Kogi State to ask for support to return to power.
“Perhaps, many of them must have travelled on the Abuja – Lokoja express road that was awarded in 2001 when Atiku was the Vice President. What explanation did they have for the Kogi people on why the less than 200 kilometres road was not completed for 15 years while the party was still in power?
“Did it worry their conscience when they sighted the Sukuk billboard on the road, showing how President Buhari is completing the project? Lest we forget, the Abuja – Lokoja road is one of the most important highways in this country. The road connects the South South, the South East, the South West and part of the North Central to the federal capital territory, Abuja. It has huge implications for the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of this country. This road became a conduit pipe for the PDP government to fleece this country of billions of naira every year, for one and half decade”.
According to the NPS, “The Obajana – Kabba road was impassable for over a decade. It is although less than 60 kilometres, but it links the Kogi west zone to the rest of the country. Many PDP leaders who rode on the road to the rally in Lokoja must have been ashamed of themselves to see the road nearing completion under the APC administration. We hope Atiku and his other jokers found time to see the Itakpe – Warri railway project that was awarded over three decades ago, which the APC administration has just completed. Did they also see the Lokoja – Okene highway under construction?
Onilu further disclosed that it was President Muhammadu Buhari who had promised to complete all abandoned projects and he his delivering on it as well as initiating new projects.
“Like millions of Nigerians who are wondering how PDP got to this level of shamelessness, our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is equally bemused by the manner the once boisterous political party degenerated into this current pitiful state.
“The PDP needs to be reminded that while it has no antecedents of completing projects it inherited or initiated from 1999 to 2015 due to the rapacious disposition of its leaders, the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has made it a cardinal policy to complete abandoned projects it inherited and to start new ones that have high impact for the economy recovery of our country.
Onilu also accused the PDP candidate of not being concerned about the poor masses who constitute the bulk of the electorates, which the APC has been going all out to make the focal point of their campaign.
”We know the PDP leaders didn’t have the time to visit the market women. They are not in the class of the people they would like to meet. For 16 years of their ignoble rule, they had nothing for these market women. Neither did they have for the farmers.
“We hope they will find time to visit these very important Nigerians when next their theatre group stage a drama anywhere in the country. We encourage them to learn from the APC government and take a few lessons from how the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been relating with the common people to feel their pulse. They should visit these people to see the impact the APC administration’s social investment programmes are making on the common people.
The APC also accused Abubakar and other PDP leaders of claiming their is poverty everywhere because they no longer have free access to the public coffers.
“All the PDP leaders have been shouting is hunger everywhere they go. Nigerians understand clearly what this means. The APC administration has denied the pillagers who have found a home in PDP access to the resources of this country. In the past, during the unfortunate reign of PDP, it was the common Nigerians who were crying of hunger.
“As President Muhammadu Buhari noted, yesterday, during the inauguration of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, the leaders of PDP had become used to taking for themselves the resources that belonged to all of us. Each time these political marauders cry of hunger, this administration is reassured that we are doing the right thing.
“The era when people who are privileged to find themselves in public office abuse their positions with reckless abandon has come to an end. Public office shall never be a licence to our commonwealth.”