The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year address as depressing and filled with false claims of achievements carried out during the reign of the PDP.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday claims that President Buhari completely failed to address serious economic and security issues confronting the nation.
“Nigerians were again treated to another round of false claims and empty promises, which has become a routine in close to three years of APC-controlled Presidency. This was why the PDP earlier advised the Federal Government not to bother about any New Year message to Nigerians.
“We already knew the pattern and we advised against it this year. We knew their New Year message would heighten Nigerians’ despondency rather than providing us hope”, PDP said in the statement said.
The party said they were disappointed that instead of accepting that it has failed, the Presidency attempted to appropriate and claim credit for the achievements of the PDP thereby depressing Nigerians.
“Instead of inspiring the people, the address ended up depressing and annoying them the more as it held no message and did not proffer any solutions.
“Instead of offering solutions or providing the indices for development, the Presidency deployed over 2,000 words passing the buck, begging the question, making empty claims and attempting to appropriate achievements of the PDP administration.”
PDP said further that the New Year Message was not solution proffering as the President, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, did not give a clear-cut solution to the fuel crisis confronting the nation and that neither did he address how to raise the fallen value of the naira nor how to rescue the labour market from the acute unemployment.
The address according to the PDP also failed to respond to issues of corruption under the APC regime.
“Rather, what we heard was a boring litany of buck-passing, lame declarations and barefaced attempt to appropriate and claim credit for achievements and landmark projects initiated, articulated and implemented by the PDP administration, including, the railway, electricity and agricultural projects,” PDP said.
The party, therefore, challenged the Presidency to tell Nigerians which landmark project it has initiated, articulated and executed in its close to three years of governance.