The opposition PDP has come down heavily on most of the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of running a discriminatory, vindictive and divisive government.
It also alleged that a new form of corruption is thriving under the President Buhari administration in spite of his anti-corruption crusade. The party specifically asked the president to tell Nigerians what he plans to do with the $2.1billion World Bank loan and counter claims over the disbursement of the recent bailout fund with the governors saying they have not received any bailout from the Federal Government.
This came as the ruling APC described the PDP’s statements as hollow, adding that the PDP is incapable of providing virile opposition to the ruling party.
Indeed, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State said that contrary to insinuations in many quarters, no state has got a kobo from the Federal Government as bailout fund.
Metuh, who urged President Buhari to explain to Nigerians what his planned World Bank Loan of $2.1 billion would be used for, if the government was actually transparent, however asked the President to account to Nigerians the cost of governance since May 29 against the backdrop that he has taken some very serious decisions without recourse to relevant statutory arms and organs of government.
The PDP spokesperson who claimed that the APC government so far has no direction, said:
“President Buhari told a stunned audience in the US that “constituencies that gave me 97 percent cannot in all honesty be treated, on some issues, with constituencies that gave me five percent”, signifying that his government will be discriminatory.
“Never in the history of our nation has a president made such a divisive and vindictive declaration. Never in the history of Nigeria has a President made such tendentious, biased and partisan statement, a blade on the chord of unity of his own country and people…
“We demand that the President come clear on this matter. Would this form the basis of government appointments rather than adherence to merit and the principle of federal character as enshrined in the constitution? Would this be a basis for termination of appointments, promotions and key policies in the service circle?
“Would it form the basis for distribution of infrastructural development projects and other essential interventions rather than the principle of equity and equality of federating units as stipulated by the constitution? Is this a deliberate policy by the APC or his personal stance? Are we expecting the same discriminatory policy from APC state governors?
PDP cannot provide virile opposition with convoluted, hollow statements
Countering, the APC said the PDP as a party cannot provide any worthwhile opposition to the APC-led Federal Government if its spokesman continues to issue convoluted and fustian statements just so that he can be in the news.
“The statement is the most tortuous yet by the PDP and, honestly, sounds more like a compendium of beer parlour gossips and side talks than a serious criticism of a sitting government,” the APC said in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
”To be in opposition does not mean you have to constitute yourself to a nuisance by rushing to the press with all sorts of hot air statements. It is the quality, rather than the frequency, of your interventions that makes you relevant as an opposition in a democracy,” APC party said.