Labour Party Blames APC Govt, Not PDP, for Economic Crisis


Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

Labour Party has said that the last ten months of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has not brought joy to the land but had instead given rise to fear and traits of political and economic siege on the people.

The party also expressed worry over what it described as growing disharmony among various arms of government which is threatening the stability of the polity.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja on the state of the nation, the National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulsami Abdulkadir, blamed the attitude of the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led government for the prevailing economic crisis which has been further compounded by the shortcomings in the energy sector.

He said that APC’s ‘Change’ mantra has only been successful in foisting a siege mentality, a shared feeling of victimization, defensiveness and defenselessness on the people.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC acolytes have consistently blamed the PDP for virtually all the woes of the nation.
“The President should know by now that with Nigeria in economic crisis and the lack-luster attitude of the government in power to setting up a powerful economic machine, there are only two courses open to the government which are the “monetarist, deflationary course” and “the protectionist course,” he said.

Abdulkadir accused some officials of the APC-led Federal Government of carrying on as if they were not aware of the current difficulties being faced by Nigerians, adding that a situation whereby Nigerians are being “oppressed, isolated, manipulated, disoriented, dejected and disjointed in the face of the negative manouvering of the ruling party is regrettable”.

“But rather, the government, legislature and judiciary creating signs of political instability and therefore not allowing a deeper analysis on the working of the different branches of government which is leading to the supremacy of the executive and weakening the Judiciary and democratic principles:

“Even much more worrisome that a sitting senate will direct the reversal of hike in electricity tariff and the minister refuses to honour the directive of the law making chamber.”