- The PDP has accused the APC of trivializing and politicizing the unemployment situation in Nigeria
- The party warned that the governing APC will pay for the unemployment situation in the country in 2023 presidential polls
- The PDP urged the ruling party to also take responsibility for its actions
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has overstretched the limits of Nigerians by trivializing and politicizing the unemployment situation in Nigeria.
The main opposition party warned the ruling APC to be ready to face the consequences of the unemployment situation in the country ahead of 2023.
“The PDP holds that for attempting to distort and muffle facts on unemployment, which are already in the public domain, the APC has confirmed that it remains an Automated Lying Machine, which has never been interested in the welfare of Nigerians,” a statement sent to the media on Sunday, December 29 by Kola Ologbodiyan, PDP spokesman noted.
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He continued: “It is imperative to also state that with its latest deportment, the APC has completed the trappings of a dying party and leaves no one in doubt that it has always been a power-grabbing special purpose vehicle, which has now come to the end of its journey.
“It is shameful that in its attempt to deny that the number of unemployment persons and job losses across the formal and informal sectors had surge under its administration, the APC forgot that the minister of labour and productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, had earlier disclosed that unemployment rate was at a frightening 23.1 per cent while raising alarm that the rate will hit a devastating 33.5 per cent in the new year, 2020.
“The APC also forgot that the minister, Ngige, while declaring open a two-day workshop on high unemployment rate earlier in the year, reportedly described the situation as scary and further alerted that apart from the swelling unemployment rate, underemployment had also surged to 16.6 per cent.
“The APC also chose not to remember that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in an earlier report, stated that 16 million Nigerians (which has now risen to 18 million) were unemployed, 18 million more were underemployed while another 27.44 million, reportedly refused to work in 2016 for various reasons not unrelated to frustration in the polity under the APC administration.”
The PDP said it is completely unpardonable that rather than accepting the truth and seeking for a solution, “the APC seeks to trivialize and politicize a serious national problem.”
“Such crass irresponsibility was never exhibited and could never have been allowed under a PDP-controlled federal government,” the party boasted.
The PDP urged the ruling party to also take responsibility for its actions, stressing that Nigerians have since moved ahead and can no longer be swayed by empty propaganda, blame-game and lies.
Meanwhile, the PDP is considering solving many of its challenges before reaching a decision on the zoning of its 2023 presidential ticket.
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According to a recent media report, the PDP is working towards resolving all internal squabbles, reactivating and strengthening its various structures across the country and reforming itself before coming out on its official position for 2023.
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