- Former presidential aide, Umar Sani, has rated the performance of the APC as poor in 2019
- Sani said the ruling party recorded total failure in 2019
- The ex-presidential spokesman also described the current 9th National Assembly as an appendage of the executive arm of government
Umar Sani, a former senior special assistant to ex-vice president Namadi Sambo on media and publicity, has described the performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the year 2019 as a total failure.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, Sani said that the APC as a political party in 2019 struggled to be a united political front, adding that the party failed to coordinate its activities diligently leading to false, lack of cohesion, poor leadership qualities and democratic thefts and losses due to poor performance in governance.
He said there was absolutely nothing to show by the ruling APC as democratic dividends in terms of programmes and projects, lamenting that the national debt profile is accumulating and that the debt to performance ratio is relatively low.
"Overall, I will rate the performance of the party as being abysmally low and disappointing," he said.
Speaking on the release of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, and the human rights activist-turned politician, Omoyele Sowore, Sani noted that the duo was due for release much earlier than when they eventually regained their freedom.
He said: "I do not see anything spectacular about the release of both Sowore and Dasuki as it is in the exercise of their constitutional rights. The courts have granted them bail and they were due for release much earlier but they were held in contempt and were only released perhaps due to external pressure rather than compassion.
"I believe setting them free is the right step in the right direction and it signals some hope in constitutional democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria. I congratulate both for regaining their lost freedom."
Asked to appraise the performance of the current National Assembly, the former national spokesman for Atiku/Obi presidential campaign, described the 9th National Assembly as a rubber stamp to the executive arm of government.
He said: "We have a rubber stamp National Assembly that is a willing tool for use as scapegoats of the executive to perpetuate recklessness and brigandage. It is disheartening to learn that the National Assembly will taunt the citizens by rebuffing all entreaties to stop the loan approval by concerned Nigerians.
“Keep your protests to yourself we will approve the loan or “I wasn’t elected to fight the executive are the common phrases you decipher coming from both chambers."
Reacting to former president Olusegun Obasanjo's concern on Nigeria's debt profile, he said the ex-president has the right to raise alarm over the debt profile because he understands what many Nigerians may not know.
He said: "Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has a cause to be concerned about our ever-rising debt profile because while in government he was responsible for our debt forgiveness by the London and Paris clubs wiping away our debt profile. Our debt portfolio is now rising not in arithmetical order but a geometric progression, making it difficult for future governments to source for and offset such humongous debt.
"Perhaps the need to address our infrastructural deficit and decay is the motivation for obtaining such a loan but how prudent and meticulous is the government in terms of spending. Will the proposed infrastructure yield returns on investment? Or will it be social service delivery projects? Whatever the case is we pray for the best for our nation."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian government declared that the country’s debt stock was being misrepresented by those he described as scaremongers.
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