- The APC says Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and candidate of the opposition in the 2019 presidential election lacked the moral right to make such a demand
- According to APC's deputy spokesperson, Nabena, Atiku should have maintained a dignified silence since his party took loans without work done in its own time
- The Buhari administration, APC noted, has physical evidence of work done with the loans taken
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The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), is unhappy with former vice president Abubakar Atiku for demanding an apology from the President Muhammadu Buhari administration over loans taken.
The Nation reports that the APC reacted to Atiku's demand through its deputy spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, on Sunday, August 2.
APC said Atiku is in no position to make such a demand because his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took similar loans when it was in power at the centre without anything concrete to show for it.
“Atiku Abubakar lacks the locus to ask the APC led government to apologise, rather he and his party should apologise to Nigerians for plundering the country into the mess we are now.
“Had the PDP government have judiciously utilised the loans they secured, even when our economy was buoyant and crude oil was selling for over $100 per barrel, there wouldn’t have been any need for the loans been sought for by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Sincerely speaking former Vice President Atiku Abubakar should have maintained a dignified silence rather than insulting the sensibility of our people," the APC said.
Meanwhile, a legal demand was recently made at the courts on the matter of loans by the Buhari administration.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to order the Nigerian leader to publish details of loans obtained by the government since May 29, 2015.
The body wants Buhari to tell Nigerians the interest rate, the total amount of debts, and details of the projects on which the loans have been spent.
In the suit that was filed last week, SERAP asked the court to compel Buhari to tell Nigerians the countries and bodies that have given the loans, specific repayment conditions, and whether any public officers solicited and/or received bribes.
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