- PDP's presidnetial candidate Atiku Abubakar has been slammed for his claim that Nigeria had her best times during the administration led by the party
- A civil society organisation said Atiku is obsessed with power
- The organisation also queried legacies handed to Nigerians during the years Atiku deputised Olusegun Obasanjo as president
A group has condemned claims by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar over claims that the Nigeria's best time was during PDP's reign.
The People’s Rights Assembly (PRA) described Atiku as a politician who has earned the unenviable reputation of an alarmist and propagandist, infinitely obsessed with power.
In a statement released by the president and secretary general of PRA, Simon Achusa and Bolaji Akiloye, the group said under PDP for which Atiku served as vice president, Boko Haram terrorism was formed in 2002 and nurtured into a monster by 2015.
PRA said President Muhammadu Buhari inherited a country, where Boko Haram insurgents seized and effectively occupied 24 local government areas s in the northeast region.
The group said: “If the PDP governments led Nigerians to prosperity and peace, what motivated Atiku’s betrayal of the same party he co-founded and its governments severally in 2007 under former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) and in 2013 under former President Goodluck Jonathan?Atiku speaks and does not listen to himself; he hardly realizes that he often contradicts in the frenzy of campaigns."
It also queried legacies handed to Nigerians during the years Atiku deputised Olusegun Obasanjo as president.
The group said only God knows what would have become of Nigeria had PDP continued in power beyond 2015.
They also accused the PDP of promoting and commercializing militancy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
"So, many militant sects sprouted and were serviced by the PDP government. Kidnap of foreign oil workers; vandalisation and blowing up of oil installations and facilities became rampant to the extent of severely disrupting Nigeria’s daily crude oil production," the group said.
Adding that ouil production dropped to an all-time low, below one million barrels per day, from 2.2 million barrels when the Buhari Presidency came on board, the group said the opposition party never brought any form of peace to Nigeria and her people.
"Rather, Nigerians experienced their own brand of peace with more high profile assassinations of prominent Nigerians from Harry Marshall to the former Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige.
“That government saved no kobo for Nigeria. Rather, it deflated Nigeria’s foreign reserves which dropped from about $47 billion to almost zero by 2015. They piled up unpaid salaries and pensions of about six months at the federal level and left 27 states indebted to salaries and pensions.
"The cumulative effect was to plunge Nigeria into economic recession by the end of 2014 before they were ousted by angry Nigerian masses in the 2015 ballot. We do not pray for this sort of prosperity.
“The PDP government had access to so much national wealth, but it could not investment in critical infrastructures to attract investments. The roads, hospitals’, power generation and supply etc were in comatose or a state of disrepair," the group added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former minister of education, Alhaji Birma Dauda, has said the presidential contest between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be a tough election.
The former minister in an interview said President Buhari will emerge victorious.
He also expressed optimism that the 2019 elections will be peaceful.
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