The All Progressives Congress ( APC) has blasted the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for making hunger its campaign slogan in the build to the February/March general elections.
APC in apparent reaction to the PDP campaign in Lokoja on Monday stated that millions of Nigerians are wondering how PDP got to this level of shamelessness, saying APC is equally bemused by the manner the once boisterous political party degenerated into this current pitiful state.
Lanre Issa- Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary at a news briefing in Abuja on Tuesday accused the PDP of abandoning the Abuja, Lokoja road for 16 years of its reign, stressing that Atiku Abubakar, PDP and it’s drama troupe went to the Kogi State capital to campaign without making a worthy statement.
According to Issa- Onilu, “it is shocking to see the few leaders of PDP who are still showing up in the public for campaign alongside the discredited Alhaji Atiku, standing before the paltry crowd in the Lokoja stadium, blowing hot air, stomping the platform, and making empty promises.
“What did the PDP promise the people of Kogi State? Nothing. It is that bad. Understandably, it must have been a very difficult situation for the PDP leaders to face the people of Kogi State to ask for support to return to power. Perhaps, many of them must have travelled on the Abuja – Lokoja express road that was awarded in 2001 when Atiku was the Vice President.
“What explanation did they have for the Kogi people on why the less than 200 kilometres road was not completed for 15 years while the party was still in power? Did it worry their conscience when they sighted the Sukuk billboard on the road, showing how President Buhari is completing the project? Lest we forget, the Abuja – Lokoja road is one of the most important highways in this country. The road connects the South South, the South East, the South West and part of the North Central to the federal capital territory, Abuja.
“It has huge implications for the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of this country. This road became a conduit pipe for the PDP government to fleece this country of billions of naira every year, for one and half decade”.
He said while PDP needs to be reminded that as it has no antecedents of completing projects it inherited or initiated from 1999 to 2015 due to the rapacious disposition of its leaders, the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has made it a cardinal policy to complete abandoned projects it inherited and to start new ones that have high impact for the economy recovery of our country.
“All the PDP leaders have been shouting is hunger everywhere they go. Nigerians understand clearly what this means. The APC administration has denied the pillagers who have found a home in PDP access to the resources of this country. In the past, during the unfortunate reign of PDP, it was the common Nigerians who were crying of hunger.
“As President Muhammadu Buhari noted on Monday during the inauguration of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, the leaders of PDP had become used to taking for themselves the resources that belonged to all of us. Each time these political marauders cry of hunger, this administration is reassured that we are doing the right thing. The era when people who are privileged to find themselves in public office abuse their positions with reckless abandon has come to an end. Public office shall never be a licence to our commonwealth”, APC spokesman stated.
James Kwen, Abuja