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Published On: Sun, Aug 30th, 2015

Presidency Attacks PDP, Says Jonathan’s Economic Achievements Fake

Shehu Garba

Shehu Garba


LAGOS AUGUST 30TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The presidency has advised the PDP to stop its pathetic efforts to play down President Buhari’s achievements in his first 100 days in office and bury its head in shame for subjecting Nigeria to the worst economic plunder through corruption in its recent history.
Reacting to the PDP statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that the economy is going down under the APC administration, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the economy of Nigeria was gasping for breath under the egregiously corrupt PDP administration, and that the country was witnessing an acceleration of poverty which united Nigerians for change.
According Malam Garba, the excruciating hardships experienced by Nigerians under the PDP misrule was unprecedented, it is ridiculous to for any sane government to artificially rebase the economy and claim to transform Nigeria into the largest economy in Africa as the PDP administration did.
He explained that the defeated former ruling party was artificially manipulating statistics to create the illusion of impressive economic performance record.
According to the Presidential Media Aide, one falsehood built on another cannot stand, adding that if the PDP claim of economic successes in terms of GDP, employment generation, poverty alleviation and others were genuine, Nigerians wouldn’t have voted the party out of power.
Malam Garba wondered which contented electorate would have voted a performing party out of office.
He explained that if the former ruling party was doing so well, the opposition parties would have found it difficult to defeat a popular ruling party.
Malam Garba Shehu said that the PDP assumed performance was nothing more than window dressing, and a detachment from reality.
The Presidential spokesman said no economy can grow with corruption, an area in which the PDP administration demonstrated more competence.
The presidency said criticism for its own sake is not the hallmark of credible opposition.
According to Garba Shehu, Nigerians no longer face exploitation at filling stations because the government is taking punitive measures against marketers that punish poor Nigerians.
He noted that queues have disappeared at the filling stations, adding that the naira is also enjoying favourable exchange rate.
The Media aide said the Buhari administration has successfully blocked leakages and other avenues for corruption, practices which he said the previous PDP administration lacked the will or the desire to stop.
As a result of the measures to block leakages, he said the Buhari administration has frustrated the efforts by corrupt elements to divert public funds to private pockets.
Malam Garba Shehu explained that once the formal trial for corruption begins formally, the PDP might no longer have the moral legs to stand on, let alone talk down on Nigerians with fake claims of economic miracles under its most incompetent and grossly purposeless and sleazy administration.

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