- The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleges that the PDP and Atiku Abubakar are coming in the interest of their friends
- The ruling APC claims that the programmes being mouthed by the PDP and their presidential candidates are driven by their foreign partners
- The party argues that Atiku makes attempts to pervade the system with falsehood
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised an alarm accusing the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate of seeking the seat of power in February 2019, to serve the wishes of their friends.
The APC, made the allegation through its spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, saying the PDP’s presidential candidate’s attempt to get foreign validation confirms shadowy foreign concerns and interests.
Speaking at a media parley, the APC alleged that Atiku had a plan to grant amnesty to amnesty to looters of the national treasury.
Daily Sun reports that Issa-Onilu as claiming that Atiku and the PDP are taking the country through a dangerous route which would make economic policies and programmes be driven by the interests of leaders, friends, and foreign partners.
“His spirited attempt to get foreign validation for his floundering presidential bid is not to serve Nigerians but to pander to the wishes of his friends, and some shadowy foreign concerns and interests.
“In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s televised town hall meeting, the candidates, attended by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, a re-definition of their presidential campaign slogan, ‘Let’s loot Nigeria again’, is now trending heavily in the social media.
“Going by Atiku and Obi’s shocking confession that their administration will grant amnesty to looters, we are equally shocked and hereby align with the wide section of Nigerians who are now abundantly clear of their intentions if elected and now see the collective need to stop them.
“The insistence of Atiku and PDP to take us through this dangerous route where the nation’s economic policies and programmes are driven mainly by the interests of leaders, their local friends, and foreign partners constitute a present danger every well-meaning Nigerian must rise against. The choices before Nigerians cannot be clearer.
“Those who have looted our resources, stolen the money meant to build roads, railways, and ports, provide regular and stable electricity for our homes and businesses, provide quality healthcare, create environment conducive for ordinary Nigerians to unleash their creativity and industry, and for all Nigerians to live a rewarding and prosperous lives, are working hard to take charge again.
“It is disturbing that Atiku and his returning mate, Peter Obi, could boldly face the national, and indeed, global audience boasting that the future of our country belongs to looters.
“As a matter of fact, Atiku repeatedly told a bewildered nation that those who caused poverty, unemployment, poor infrastructure and misery for many Nigerians under his watch as the vice president would be left to enjoy our commonwealth as long as they turned in part of what they have stolen. This no doubt must have gladdened the hearts of all the enemies of our country.
“In a barefaced manner, the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku promised to roll out the red carpet for people who have wickedly teamed up with him under PDP to ruin our country, in an environment such as ours, where many ordinary Nigerians, not being Atiku’s friends, are wallowing in prison for stealing their neighbours’ goats, phones, foods and such.
“While Atiku tries to crowd the public space with falsehood on the ongoing fight against corruption and efforts to ensure credible 2019 general elections, the real issue remains Atiku’s inexplicable desperation to sell off our remaining national economic assets to his friends and shadowy foreign concerns as Atiku did in the past and has severally and brazenly promised in his campaigns.
“From Atiku’s so-called Dubai strategy meeting, the US excursion to Atiku’s recent letters to some foreign countries calling for their intervention in the 2019 elections, the big question before Nigerians has now been answered by Atiku: His spirited attempt to get foreign validation for his floundering presidential bid is not to serve Nigerians but to pander to the wishes of his friends, and some shadowy foreign concerns and interests,” he said.
He said further that that President Buhari’s administration has pursued a foreign policy based on mutual cooperation with the global community.
According to him, the result has been a restored respect and standing in the comity of progressive nations.
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“This has also resulted in the successes we have recorded in the fight against insurgency, improvement in our previously-dilapidated infrastructure and a failed economy. These were surely not achieved by mortgaging of national assets for international support or rent-seeking by friends.
“Atiku’s bid to trade national assets as an incentive for the support of his friends and foreign investors must be resisted. For the All Progressives Congress, we would not get tired of reminding the PDP and Atiku that Nigerians will never return to Egypt.
“The era of unbridled corruption and impunity is one mission the President Buhari-led government is determined to fight and win under a free, fair, and credible electoral process, with the support of well-meaning Nigerians,” he claimed.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar dismissed allegation that he used his position in the Nigerian Customs Service to perpetrate acts of corruption.
Abubakar made the remark on Wednesday, January 30, in Abuja at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Daria Media with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
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