The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari to restore the country’s economy to the pre-May 2015 state and immediately resign for a more experienced team to take over.
The opposition party while expressing worry that the present administration has frittered away good programmes and policies it met upon assumption of office last year, also declared that the country is near depression.
The party further lambasted the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for stating that “Recession” is a mere word, adding “is this statement as a result of ignorance, lack of patriotism or in-line with President Buhari’s comment that his ministers are noise makers?”
Recall that President Buhari had during the Sallah celebration blamed the current economic recession on the PDP, saying “I want Nigerians to realize that what this government inherited after 16 years of PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security.”
A statement signed by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, reads in part: “Following this understanding, Nigeria’s economy is already near depression. The crass ineptitude and lukewarm-attitude of this APC government is no longer tolerable, and therefore, we are calling on President Buhari and his team to return Nigeria to its state of booming economy before they assumed office in May, 2015, and then quit immediately to allow other capable leaders recover our ailing economy.
“For instance, recall that about three Airlines, local and international like some banks, have suspended operations and sent their staff on indefinite leave due to poor state of the Nigeria’s economy. Nigerians are aware that the PDP Government invested heavily in most of our Airports in the Country that resulted to obvious ‘facelift’ and improved operations through remodeling, construction of new airports, refurbishing and equipping of the local and international Airports to meet best practices in the Aviation Industry.
“But the APC’s Administration has frittered away all the good policies and programmes which the PDP put in place, thereby crumbling the Aviation Sector in the Country amongst other catastrophes it has caused.
“What Nigerians want from this Administration are results, simple! And not resorting to throwing tantrums on the PDP at every given opportunity. Our call for the President to return the Country to how he met it in 2015 is justified on the following grounds: a bag of rice was N7,000 and now is above N20,000; a mudu of beans was N150 and now is N500; one US Dollar was trading for N197 but now over N400; a liter of fuel was N87 but now N145; cost of transportation and other services have skyrocketed. Given our observation since the inception of this government, they have nothing to offer and as such, quitting will be a solution because nobody can give what he/she does not have. APC has failed,” Adeyeye said.
The party’s spokesman recalled that President Buhari’s purported ‘body language’ at the beginning of his administration re-iterated that governance was a serious business and not about someone’s body language’ and de-marketing strategies of Mr. President while ‘globetrotting’.
He added: “When this government came to power in May 2015 riding onthe achievements of previous PDP Administration, President Buhari’s handlers and his Party, the APC claimed it was his ‘body language’ that brought some positive changes the Country was witnessing at thattime.’’