The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year message to the nation as diversionary and failing to admit failure on the part of government.
The opposition party said the address was depressing because it failed to address serious economic and security issues confronting the nation for which Nigerians expected answers.
The PDP, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Nigerians were treated to another round of “false claims and empty promises” which, the party said, has become a strategy in close to three years of the APC-led government.
“The address completely failed to respond to issues of corruption under the APC regime, including allegations of budget padding, secret oil subsidy deals, illegal lifting of crude worth trillions of naira, pillaging of Nigeria’s foreign reserve, diversion of billions of naira for insurgency related matters, all by APC interests.
“Furthermore, the speech had no assurances on the worsening economic recession ravaging families under this regime; it had nothing on the dilapidated infrastructure and attendant stress on the economy, which the APC government has caused Nigerians.
“We challenge the APC Presidency to tell Nigerians which landmark project it has initiated, articulated and executed in its close to three years of governance.
“The option before Nigerians is to kick out the APC come 2019 and return the PDP, which is now repositioned to bring the nation back to the path of national unity and prosperity we all once enjoyed,” the party said.