Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the real reason most Nigerians would vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is the degeneration in economic, security and social situations in our nation and the anti-people policies imposed on the people.
The party asked the president to be prepared to accept defeat in the 2019 general election, given that all indices, including those released by his presidency, show that Nigerians across board have overtly rejected him for another four years in office.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said with weight of direct disapprovals from Nigerians and international bodies, President Buhari knows that he is now swimming against the tide.
â€œApart from the acute poverty, hunger and starvation he brought, Nigerians have reached a consensus that President Buhari has betrayed the trust of the ordinary people, particularly in the north, especially with scandalous revelations that he is not indeed pro-poor and uncorrupt as they were made to believe in 2015.
â€œThis is in addition to his disconcerting aloofness to the plight of citizens, his failure to initiate and implement any development project in any party of the country and the refusal to fulfill the littlest of his 2015 campaign promises.
â€œToday, the electorate have come to terms with the fact that the promises by President Buhari and his APC are all a big scam.
â€œIn fact, our investigations have revealed that President Buhari never intended to fulfill any of his promises.
â€œThis is because, three years down the line, our president cannot even boast of any clear-cut implementation blueprint on his promises.â€
The PDP noted that the president and his cronies have acquired a life of opulence, going on foreign tastes and swimming in the ocean of corruption, while million of Nigerians who voted him into power are abandoned to languished in poverty and bloodletting occasioned by the APC misrule.
It said President Buhariâ€™s handlers should know that Nigerians are only clamouring for his expulsion from Aso Rock come 2019 because our nation does not have provisions for mid-term elections.
â€œHad such been in our statutes book, Nigerians would have since chased this incompetent, insensitive and tactless president away from office.
It is a notorious fact that our dear nation and our citizens have not had it this bad since our independence in 1960, leading to the general indignation against the Buhari presidency.
â€œEven President Buhariâ€™s aide, Mallam Shehu Garba, has acknowledged that Nigerians across board, including parliamentarians, policemen, custom officials, immigration officials, civil servants and the business community are all clamouring for an end to the Buhari Presidency, come 2019.
â€œNow that the multitude of artisans, market women, transporters, labourers, small scale entrepreneurs and professionals, whose businesses have collapsed are teamed with the army of unemployed youths, deprived widows and victims of bloodlettings across our country, in clamouring against President Buhari, who then is left to vote for him in 2019.
â€œThe presidency should therefore not be surprised that our citizens are now rallying on the platform of the repositioned PDP, a party known for all-inclusiveness and people-oriented policies, to rescue the nation from grips of the Buhari-led APC administration,â€ it said.