Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Federal Government has faulted the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum for declaring the All Progressives Congress APC unfit to participate in the 2023 general elections.
This was reportedly made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
Prior to this, the PDP governors had reportedly advised Nigerians to reject the APC if it dares to participate in the 2023 elections, adding, “It is impossible for a party so disorganised to offer good governance to the people of Nigeria.”
However, Shehu has reacted to this by stating, “The main opposition party of allegedly trying to cover up the serial and criminal failures of its long and damaging period in office, which the Muhammadu Buhari regime and the All Progressives Congress have strived these past seven years to repair.”
He posited, “We cannot forget under the PDP, the nation had an army full of phantom soldiers whose pay went to PDP politicians’ pockets while our under-resourced real soldiers died in the fight against terrorist insurgents and our international allies refused to supply Nigeria kit and military aid.”
He maintained, “We cannot ignore how the PDP politicians sought—and continue to seek—to inflame ethnic and religious tensions by refusing to even proffer a solution to the herder-farmer clashes which became most prevalent under their misrule.”
He remarked, “We will always remember how the PDP politicians intentionally encouraged and exploited the black market in currency exchange to convert ill-gotten gains to foreign currency and undermine our national currency, then spirited their funds abroad in their billions and into foreign bank accounts.”
He noted, “Today with the APC in government, there are ranches on Federal land and in state land where there is the willingness to establish them. Clashes are reduced. Lives are saved, and livelihoods are enriched.”
He continued, “Who would trust such people with the running of our country? Who can believe a word these people say, as they looked outwardly stylish but harrowed by power-sharing and other troubles inwardly?
He opined, “These people, who play politics of division and hate, create communal disturbances, need to change. Check the facts and leave the politics: What does the country get with this kind of gimmick?”