Reasons why PDP is better than APC

APC is an expired drug. Nigerians now know what it means to vote
against good luck.
I have said time and again I am not a member of the PDP. I am
saying it again. I have never been and will never be a member of
any political party in Nigeria. I have also said I do not know
personally, have never met or even ever spoken to President
Goodluck Jonathan, although I remain as ardent in his support as I
was during the 2015 election.
Before you call me a liar, let me state here for the record that I
finally had the privilege of speaking to President Jonathan a few
weeks ago. A nice lady named Doris phoned me, pleased she was
finally able to reach me. She had a simple message: President
Jonathan would like to speak to me. She then gave me his phone-
number.
So, I finally had the opportunity to speak to President Jonathan for
the very first time. Speaking to him took me back to thinking about
the heady days of the 2015 presidential elections. I am of the
opinion that history is already beginning to vindicate President
Jonathan and to restore his legacy, in spite of incessant APC
propaganda.
We have now had three and a half years of APC rule. We have now
seen what APC change actually entails. We are no longer under
any illusions. Even though the APC has spent the last few years re-
litigating what was wrong with the PDP, it should now be clear that
the PDP is far better than the APC; at least ten times better.
Stolen ideas
In three and a half years in power, there is no single original idea
of note that has emanated from the APC. What it has been doing is
to claim PDP ideas as its own. APC claims credit to the TSA when
in fact it is of PDP inspiration. It claims credit for the turn-around
maintenance of our refineries when it is in fact a Jonathan/PDP
legacy. It claims credit for increased rice production in Nigeria,
when it was the PDP that achieved this.
APC claims credit for the rehabilitation of rail lines in Nigeria, but
the truth is that this is essentially a PDP initiative. It claimed PDP
stole the money earmarked for buying weapons to fight Boko
Haram, then went ahead to use the same weapons it said were
non-existent to equip the army to fight Boko Haram. NERC
Chairman, Sam Amadi, stressed that improvements in power
supply are the result of the efforts made by the Jonathan
administration.
If we are now celebrating the end of polio in Nigeria, it has nothing
to do with the APC and everything to do with the PDP. If we are
indeed well on our way to self-sufficiency in rice production, it is
because of the activities of the PDP, and not because of the
inactivity of APC. In three and a half years, APC has added
precious little to PDP achievements. On the contrary, it has
degraded many milestones.
From bad to worse
Bill Gates hailed Nigeria’s fight against polio under Jonathan and
the PDP as one of the great world achievements of 2014. However,
the same Bill Gates identifies Nigeria under Buhari and the APC as
one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with
the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the old. He also
identified the government’s economic policy as dismally
ineffectual.
Indeed, everything under this APC government has gone from bad
to worse. The economy is worse. The cost of living is worse. The
security situation is worse. The naira is worse. The unity of
Nigerians is worse. The corruption index is worse. The NEPA
situation is worse. The ministers in the presidential cabinet are
worse. The liberty of Nigerians is worse. The rule of law is worse.
The political climate is toxic.
We are not just saddled with an incompetent government. We are
saddled with one that merely watches while we are being
murdered in our homes, farms and churches. We are saddled with
a government that tells us the choice we have is either to lose our
land to carpetbaggers or lose our lives. We are saddled with a
government that defines itself as a northern, instead of a national
government; with all its security architecture in the hands of
northerners.
In 16 years in power, the PDP not only cleared Nigeria’s debts of
some $30 billion, it borrowed a total of only 6 trillion naira.
However, in only 3 years, the APC has returned Nigeria to debtor
status and borrowed a whopping 11 trillion naira. We are yet to see
what all this new debt has been spent on.
Lack of integrity
The APC is the party that boasts of integrity but lacks integrity.
This ensures it embarrasses itself with one scandal after the other.
From the Babachir Lawal’s ‘grasscutter’ scandal, the Abdulrashid
Maina’s pension and recall scam, the NHIS scandal, the EFCC
Chairman Ibrahim Magu’s scandal to the recent Kemi Adeosun
NYSC certificate forgery scandal; the APC fails to act against
corruption while nevertheless fooling itself that it is a champion of
anti-corruption.
Unlike the proverbial charity, APC’s anti-corruption does not begin
at home in the APC. The party encourages and molly-cuddles the
corrupt. Indeed, it has an open-door policy for the corrupt. Once
you are in APC or you decamp to APC, you are automatically
whitewashed from corruption allegations.
Once you have corruption allegations to answer before the EFCC,
all you need to do is defect to the APC and you will be welcome
with open arms. Your corruption case will also suddenly
disappear. This is the case with Godswill Akpabio. He had a
pending case of corruption with the EFCC but has now quickly
defected from the PDP to the APC. That singular act is likely to
whitewash him and dustbin his case.
Anti-corruption for the APC is declaring Rotimi Amaechi innocent
until proven guilty; while declaring Diezani Allison-Madueke guilty
until proven innocent.
Whatever anyone may think or say about the PDP, it is a national
party. As a matter of fact, it remains the only national party in
Nigeria to date in this republic. Its membership and strength
stretch from North to South and from East to West.
Not so the APC. The APC is a sectarian party. It is an
agglomeration of regional parties that merged together for the
sake of capturing the presidency. Once this happened, their
sectarianism came back to the fore.
On his inauguration, the president told Nigerians: “I belong to
everybody and I belong to nobody.” However, the APC has turned
out to be essentially a North-west and South-west party that has
effectively divided Nigeria along regional lines. On his election, the
president went to the U.S. where he declared that: “The
constituents (that) gave me 97% cannot in all honesty be treated
on some issues with constituencies that gave me 5%.”
That means the president can largely overlook the South-East and
the South-South in appointments. It also means Fulani herdsmen
from the North can continue to kill innocent farmers all over the
country while government sees no evil and hears no evil.
When a substantive INEC chairman was finally approved, the
president broke another protocol by choosing a man from his own
region, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, continuing the lopsided policy
whereby the chief organs of the federal government (the
presidency, the legislature and the judiciary) are now all headed by
Northerners.
Champions of hypocrisy
Nevertheless, there are certain areas where there is no doubt the
APC is ten times better than the PDP. One of these areas is in
hypocrisy. The APC is the undisputed champion of hypocrisy. It
contradicts its own vaunted values repeatedly without batting an
eyelid. In the area of hypocrisy, the PDP is certainly no match for
the APC.
Recently, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture,
shocked Nigerians by launching a so-called National Campaign
Against Fake News. What is so amazing about this boldface
duplicity is that Lai Mohammed himself is the chief exponent of
fake news in Nigeria. Lai Mohammed urged Nigerians to “Say No
to Fake News.” However, his very campaign is fake news. Here is
a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Lai Mohammed is Nigeria’s version of Iraq’s Comical Ali, the
sobriquet for Saddam Hussein’s Minister of Information whose job
was to give false reports of Iraqi successes during the 1990 war. It
was Lai Mohammed who dazzled Nigerians with the fake news
that the Boko Haram was responsible for the scarcity of tomatoes.
He told Nigerians President Buhari was hale and hearty in London,
only for the president himself to return and say he had never felt
so sick in his life.
APC would have Nigerians believe the lie that the recent disgraceful
storming of the National Assembly by the DSS was orchestrated by
Bukola Saraki, the Senate president. That is a load of hogwash. Lai
Mohammed also said the gory tales of herdsmen murdering
hapless Nigerians is fake news. If you believe this outright
falsehood, then you will believe anything.
A newspaper commentator had this to say: “For Lie Mohammed to
advise to media not to yield their platform to spread fake news is
like the devil advocating to his subject not to tell lies.”
Buyers’ remorse
It is not surprising, therefore, that quite a number of those who left
the PDP for the APC four years ago have become so disgusted
with the APC that, like prodigal sons, they have returned to the
PDP. They include Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president of
Nigeria; Bukola Saraki, Senate President; Rabiu Kwankwaso,
former Governor of Kano; Senator Bernabas Gemade and Aminu
Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State.
Many who waxed lyrical about the virtues of the APC four years
ago now hate the APC. They include President Obasanjo, Wole
Soyinka and Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka.
Nevertheless, we cannot insist APC did not bring change. It
brought change but it was change that pauperized Nigeria. APC
brought change from peace to restiveness; it brought change from
gainful employment to job insecurity and massive unemployment;
it brought change from national unity to sectarianism; it brought
change from good health to medical check-ups; it brought change
from life to death by herdsmen.
It brought change from 1 dollar exchanging for 190 naira to one
dollar exchanging for 360 naira; it brought change from 87-naira
fuel to 145-naira fuel; it brought change from 20 tomatoes selling
for 50 naira to one tomato selling for 100 naira; it brought change
from hope to despair; it brought change from light to darkness.
Now that is change we can certainly do without.
APC is an expired drug. Nigerians now know what it means to vote
against good luck.

4 Comments

  1. Hmmm

  2. Ok nice update

  3. Wonderful.

  4. hmmm

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