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2023: PDP hits hard Buhari

2023: PDP hits hard Buhari

…As Ayu, some NWC party members, other chieftains storm Obasanjo’s Abeokuta Library  • Claims president’s nepotism has polarised country, created wedges against countrymen, women  • Party leaders promise to restore Nigeria’s lost glory  • Obasanjo adamant,  insists on quitting partisan politics

From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, yesterday described the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as clueless and piling eternal debts for Nigerians and future generations. 

Ayu also described the present administration as wicked, pointing out that only a wicked regime would subject generations yet unborn to the servitude of slavery. 

He also blamed Buhari for Nigeria’s ebbing international reputation as an insecure country and the poverty capital of the world, reversal of fortunes, which he measured, were the direct opposite of the achievements of former President Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP. 

The PDP chairman made these declarations when he led some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), to see Obasanjo at his library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. 

A statement from Dr Ayu’s Media Office, quoted the national chairman as insisting that virtually all the good works of former President Obasanjo have been eroded by the Buhari administration. 

Hear Ayu: “Sir, we thank you for the service you rendered and the great work you have done in the PDP. 

“As the first president in this Republic, your period as president on the platform of PDP is seen as the golden era of the PDP and Nigeria, because not only did you lay the foundation to grow the economy  to become the biggest economy in Africa, you were able to remove Nigeria from slavery by negotiating and cancelling so much of our foreign debts that would have made  it very difficult to run the country. By the time you left  office, Nigeria was totally set free, direct  foreign investment was on the increase on a daily basis and we were respected in international community and every where we went. 

“Today, this clueless APC and President Muhammadu Buhari have undone that and plunged Nigeria into eternal debt. The new debt overhang created by this wicked government is going to create massive problems for the coming generations. 

“I remember when I accompanied you as your minister to a number of countries – Germany and India – I saw the respect they accorded you and I was very proud to be a Nigerian . 

“ Today, unfortunately, we don’t have the same recognition because what we have become has fallen short of good leadership that Nigeria deserves. 

“ This is on account of worsening insecurity and Buhari’s creation of a Nigeria regarded as poverty capital of the world. 

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“Apart from Infrastructural intervention  which you did, most of the very useful institutions like EFCC, the ICPC and so on are now being used to hound people. 

“ I remember when you took some of us to Germany to the offices of the Transparency International and we had a very useful discussion there. So, you are very passionate about this country and you did a lot and we thought we should come and thank you for what you have done not to just for Nigerians, but to our party and Africa . 

“Over these years that you are in power, you saw every Nigerian as one family, you didn’t  discriminate  against the South, the East ,the West or the North.  Even though, in your first tenure, the Southwest didn’t  actually support you, but you brought them back on board and they supported you in your second tenure and that was an achievement. 

“Today, Buhari’s nepotism has divided Nigerians just as his other actions have further created wedges between fellow countrymen and women. 

“ It is our prayer that you will continue to try and support us. In Africa today, in all modesty, after the departure of the  late President Mandela, there is only one person of such stature on  the African Continent and we are proud that that person is a Nigerian and that Nigerian is no other than former President Olusegun Obasanjo and you have continued to display good leadership. I remember years ago you told me that you will do everything to make Nigeria one. 

“ Even though you said you have retired from partisan politics, partisan politics will never retire from  your blood, because you want the right thing done and since you want the right thing done, for life you will remain the emeritus member of the PDP.  We will continue to come to you, so, I want to plead with you, please, don’t be tired of us as we come knocking asking for advice. 

“We want to assure you that the new leadership of the PDP with  the rest of PDP family will do everything possible – ward to ward, local government by local government across the country to restore the lost glory of Nigeria of which your era was a shinning example because anytime we talked about the history of the PDP there is no way we talk about the PDP without mentioning between 1999 and 2007.”

Earlier, Obasanjo had told the gathering that he would be available to offer advice to people who seek it, but he remained committed to his stance that partisan politics was no longer for him. 

He prayed for and wished Dr Ayu and the new leadership of PDP well. 

Those on the visit included former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi; former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko; National Secretary of PDP, Senator Sam Anyanwu; Deputy National Chairman, South, Amb. Taofeek Arapaja; and former governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke. Otgers include former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, former Police Affairs Minister, Adamu Waziri; National Women Leader of PDP, Prof Stella Effah-Attoe; Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagu; former Minister, Special Duties, Tanimu Kabiru Turaki, SAN; and former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, among others.


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