By Jide Orintunsin – Abuja
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that all the loans secured by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration have been invested in visible critical infrastructure projects across the country.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum after its last weekend Akwa Ibom State meeting alleged that APC was leading the country to bankruptcy with the volume of loans been secured in the last six years.
Secretary to the APC Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanduoehehe in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday said that all facilities secured by the APC led administration were being judiciously utilized for the good of the people of the country as opposed to PDP era where loans were diverted to private pockets.
Akpanduoehehe said the recent outcry of the PDP and all its organs were features of a sinking man that struggles to clutches on any available straw to remain afloat.
He maintained that the main opposition party is rattled by the rate of its membership depletion and the rising profile of the APC in recent times.
According to Akpanduoehehe, “the sinking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is panicking due to its dwindling fortunes as the All Progressives Congress (APC) registered members hit over 40 million, with PDP members, including Governors, leaving the party in droves and joining the APC.
“While the PDP continues to clutch on straws as it sinks into political oblivion, the APC-led federal government and states governed by the APC are busy providing critical infrastructure, expanding access to education, providing health facilities and economically empowering citizens.”
Akpanduoehehe came down heavily on PDP Governors, whom he said have prioritized their frequent weekend jamborees, where they waste scarce resources available to their states while some of them are owning workers’ salaries and pensioners pay.
He said the case of Benue and Taraba states stands out.
The APC Scribe also referred to the PDP allegation that the APC-led administration is claiming projects executed by them, but without naming any of such projects to support their bogus allegations.
“Perhaps, the PDP is referring to the litany of abandoned projects it left behind all over the country despite spending 16 years in power and receiving unprecedented earnings when crude oil sold for as high as $150 per barrel.
“The President Buhari government from inception took a good, progressive, patriotic and apolitical decision to complete the abandoned projects and Nigerians have been the ultimate beneficiaries.
“In addition, huge legacy projects being executed by the APC-led administration include the Second Niger Bridge which is set to be completed in 2022, the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan dual carriageway, the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway, the Abuja-Akwangwa-Lafiya-Makurdi highway which is being reconstructed and dualised.
“The initiation, completion and commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan twin-track railway line is another of such landmark projects delivered by the APC administration, even as more are underway.
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“The PDP federal government failed to complete the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, which the President Buhari government completed and commissioned for the benefit of Nigerians.
“PDP needs to be reminded that it was because of its failures that Nigerians rejected it twice, in 2015 and 2019. This loss is obviously still haunting the PDP and has caused disarray within its ranks and created irreconcilable divisions.
“For a party that failed in its 16-year governance and as an opposition party, if the PDP believes that Nigerians are ready to place the administration of the country in its hand, then the PDP is a victim of its folly.
“At this point, PDP’s rudderless leadership should deal with the crisis of confidence it suffers. Our democracy deserves a credible opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to provide. Other parties must now rise to the occasion and play the crucial role of opposition.
“Of course, the task of clearing the PDP rot is not a walk in the park considering the level of decay our nation sunk into under the watch of the PDP and the current efforts of PDP leaders to slow down our progress as a nation. However, this government, under the capable hands of President Buhari is focused and courageous enough to lead our country to its deserved place.
“From the 2015 to 2019 elections, Nigerians mandated the APC to among others fight corruption, secure the country and improve the economy. President Buhari and the progressive government he leads is committed to and keeping all electoral promises as well as embarking on overdue and needed reforms. From past era were profligacy, misgovernance and impunity were elevated to statecraft, Nigeria is finally getting it right under President Buhari on many fronts.”