Empty Treasury: PDP Berates Buhari, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that he inherited an empty treasury cannot be reconciled with the earlier assertion by Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the new administration has achieved in three weeks what the immediate past administration did not achieve in five years.

The PDP said President Buhari and his party must take cognizance of the fact that Nigerians did not give them the mandate to engage in what it called “frivolous excuses and pleas,” but to hit the ground running with solutions and quick fixes which the APC promised during the campaigns.

A statement issued by Olisa Metuh, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary said Buhari and the APC are simply looking for an escape route from delivering their “bogus campaign promises.”

Metuh asked if President Buhari’s statement was an “admission of poor knowledge of national and international economic affairs or does it underscore the lack of capacity and skills by the administration to effectively harness and galvanize resources and potential inherent in Nigeria which has already been nurtured as Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing in the world.”

He added that, “How can one reconcile President Buhari’s statement with the recent ridiculous and misleading claim by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that this administration has achieved in three weeks what the immediate past administration did not achieve in five years?

“President Buhari and the APC must know that Nigerians did not give them the mandate to engage in frivolous excuses and pleas but to hit the ground running with solutions and quick fixes they promised during the campaigns.

“Since after their electoral victory, the APC and the President have continued to expose their lack of commitment towards their campaign promises,” he said.

“We also recall that in their attempt to find an escape route in one of their bogus campaign promises, the APC denied that the President ever promised Nigerians that they will end insurgency two months after inauguration but had to swallow their words after the PDP confronted them with the April 22, 2015 CNN interview where Buhari made that promise.”

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