The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari, for allegedly laying claims to numerous projects initiated by past PDP administrations, during his exclusive interview with ARISE TV, on Thursday, Page 36 learnt.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this while briefing Journalists, at the party’s headquarters, in Abuja, said that instead of addressing issues and providing direction for our nation, President Buhari allegedly made very provocative comments that could embolden terrorists, as well as serve as a recipe for further division and violence in the country.
His words: “On Infrastructure, it is ludicrous to us in the PDP, that Mr. President can disingenuously seek to subtract the deliverables achieved by past PDP administration from his so-called achievement on infrastructure.”
Ologbondiyan stated that Nigerians are also aware that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was elected on the platform of the PDP, introduced a 25 years National Development Plan, upon assumption of Office, in 1999.
He added: “This included the massive construction and expansion of Road Network, power plants, railways projects, inland and coastal waterways, airports, housing, agricultural and health projects as well as establishment of new universities and other legacy projects in various parts of our country.
“We want to inform President Buhari, since he is not always aware, that successive governments elected on the platform of the PDP built on these development plans leading to the expansion of major trunk roads across our country, railways, and other legacy projects which, probably, his handlers are making him to believe are his.
“It is on record that President Goodluck Jonathan also took on a massive expansion of our International and Domestic Airports, across the country, built and commissioned railway stations.
“It is instructive to state that where projects were yet to be completed, it is only a natural occurrence for any Nigerian elected as President to proceed, in the national interest, to complete such projects.
“The PDP therefore considers it tacky for Mr. President to seek to claim any credit for projects he never conceptualized, commenced or built to near completion, just because he found himself in office at the point of completion.
“Should Mr. President be reminded that even the expansion of the Presidential Villa including the Banquet Hall, which his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, uses today as its National Secretariat was conceptualized and built by the PDP government, though Leaders of the APC stood stoutly against the project while it was on-going?
“President Buhari also needs to accept the bitter fact that the current draw back in infrastructural development in our country started with his administration. Like a relay race, successive PDP administrations furthered infrastructural development only for him to run the opposite direction when the baton was passed to him.
“It is important to state that only the on-going refurbishing of Akwanga-Maiduguri Road that President Buhari can lay claim to as the singular and only project in which he has demonstrated capacity.
“The expectation of Nigerians is that in an interview like this, Mr. President should give honour to those who conceptualized and built these projects to near completion and, in most cases, only for him to perform the commissioning ceremony.
“Mr. President must also be reminded that all institutions of good governance under the contemporary dispensation including the EFCC, ICPC, the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, and Debt Management Office, DMO, among others were PDP’s creation.
“Even the Sovereign Wealth Fund, which has become the referral point for his administration, was created by the PDP with stiff opposition from leaders of the APC, like former Governors Rotimi Amaechi and Adams Oshiomhole.
“On issue of devolution of power, State Police and restructuring, it is disappointing and heartrending that Mr. President was evasive, dodgy and had no direct response to these burning issues even in the face of a national consensus for the amendment of the1999 Constitution to address these pertinent issues.
“It is also alarming that Mr. President, in his own words, dismissed two Governors who ran to him for solution to issues of national security, with escalated killings, kidnapping and violence in their States.
“That action as revealed by Mr. President is very disturbing because, as the Commander-In-Chief, on whose shoulder rests the responsibility of securing our nation, and who also promised to lead from the front, his reaction ought not to have been dismissive of the said Governors.
“This action as narrated by Mr. President clearly showed how he abdicated his responsibility and yet was audacious to come to the public arena and made open his personal flaws and failures that have affected the foundation of our National Security and emboldened Terrorists, Kidnappers and bandits to attack and kill our Compatriots.”