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Atiku vs Buhari: PDP dares Buhari, APC to name successes since 2015

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to name the value they added to Nigerians since coming to power in 2015.

The party also dared the President to name any tangible economic policy and any key development project initiated and completed in any part of the country by his administration to put an end to poverty or lift the faces of Nigerians since his assumption of office in 2015.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, threw the challenge on Thursday while receiving a coalition of youth groups from President Buhari’s home state of Katsina pledging support for the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

He said; “Nigerians were deceived to vote in President Buhari in 2015, thinking he was pro-poor and prudent, only for them to be confronted with the most corrupt, deceitful and incompetent administration which has no commitment towards fulfilling any of its campaign promises.

“President Buhari cannot boast of any development project initiated and implemented by him as a President. Instead, he has denied his promises and completely wrecked our once robust economy with his harsh, anti-people and restrictive policies.

“At the time the PDP handed over power to President Buhari, our economy was one of the fastest growing in the world; Nigerians had access to the basic economic empowerment, the private sector thrived; businesses were booming, foreign investors flooded our country, public servants were given a sense of belonging and purchasing power of citizens was high.

“Today, under Buhari’s anti-people administration, all the gains achieved by the PDP have been reversed. There is persistent bloodletting, acute poverty, hunger and grinding starvation in the land. Over 30 million Nigerians have lost their jobs and there is serious stress on families.

“While millions of Nigerians cannot afford the basic necessities of life, our dear President and his cabal swim in opulence and humongous corruption.

“Nigerians have not forgotten how the Buhari administration’s corrupt currency round-tripping led to the collapse of our naira with attendant hardship on our citizens. Our nation is now mocked as the world’s poverty headquarters.

“The question you must ask President Buhari is, what value has his administration added to the life of Nigerians, who voted for him in 2015. Instead, he has continued to deride our citizens as lazy and lovers of freebies, while describing them as “a very difficult lot” in his December 31, 2015 Presidential media chat.

“The fact remains that any leader or administration that holds citizens in disregard, as manifest in the Buhari administration, cannot in any way work for the welfare of the people“The party urge all Nigerians to remain steadfast in rallying behind Atiku “in the collective quest to rescue our nation from the misrule of Buhari’s administration.”

In his remarks, leader of the group, Mallam Abubakar Shehu, said Nigerian youths were completely disenchanted with President Buhari and now looked up to PDP and Atiku for solution.

He assured the party of the support of youth groups in Katsina State in the 2019 presidential election.

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Kwara bye-election: PDP cautions against police intimidation of voters

OBIORA IFOH, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari to perish the on-going plot to use the police as a tool to intimidate voters and rig the Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin Federal Constituency by-election, in Kwara State, scheduled for Saturday.

The party cautioned President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to bear in mind that such a plot will be a direct invitation to crisis, as the people of Kwara State are already fully rallied behind the PDP in firm resistance and to dismantle all APC rigging machinery at the polls.

PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement said, “Having realized that there is no way they can win in any election in Kwara state, after being rejected by the people, the APC and the Buhari Presidency are bent on manipulating the electoral process, including using our security agencies, particularly, the police against the will of the people.

“The PDP is privy to clandestine meetings at the Presidency, where APC leaders handed down orders to the police high command to compromise the security architecture in Kwara state by transferring the District Police Officers (DPOs) in the nine police districts of the Federal Constituency and replacing them with officers believed to be pliable to instructions to execute the APC’s rigging script in the election.

“Moreover, the people of Kwara state already have details of the brief handed to the new DPOs, including providing cover for APC thugs procured to unleash violence on voters and PDP supporters, snatch ballot boxes and disrupt elections in certain areas as well as to alter election results to favour of the APC candidate.

“The people are also aware of the directives to harass, intimidate, arrest, and detain indigenes of Kwara state, and to provide cover for the importation of aliens from other areas by the APC to participate in the election.

“The PDP therefore cautions the APC and their team of compromised security and electoral officials to retrace their steps or face the full wrath of the people of Kwara state, particularly, those in Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin Federal Constituency, who are now at full alert and completely rallied to protect their political territory and to defend their votes to the end with every means available to them as free citizens under the law.

“It is a settled fact that Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin Federal Constituency and indeed, Kwara state, remains the stronghold of the PDP. Our candidate, Saheed Alatishe, enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of the people and they are not ready to yield their mandate to any other person, no matter the level of intimidation or threat from the enemies of democracy.”

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PDP condemns Federal Government’s attack on Atiku

… Why we searched Atiku – FG

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has condemned the unleashing of a special security squad of army, police and paramilitary agencies by the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency to physically harass its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at the Abuja airport, upon his return from Dubai.

Governors can pay N30,000 minimum wage: Oshiomhole

…Mocks APC for harbouring corrupt persons

OBIORA IFOH, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and INTERPOL to help track down the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, who it said is believed to be on the run outside the country since his reported interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged corruption charges.

Counsel Buhari on rights violations, political intolerance, PDP urges Prince Charles

Obiora Ifoh, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has welcomed British Prince Charles to Nigeria and surges him to caution President Muhammadu Buhari on the continued violation of human rights, siege on democratic institutions, political intolerance and stifling of opposition and free speech in the country under his administration.

PDP expresses concerns over fresh attempt on Ekweremadu’s life

…Demands wide range investigation

Obiora Ifoh, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed grave concerns over yet another attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who, early this morning, was attacked alongside members of his family by assailants, at his official residence in Apo, Abuja.

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