The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that his second term in office, if it succeeds, would further divide and impoverish Nigerians. The party, while reacting to the reason offered by the president for seeking a second term in office, during last Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Daura, Katsina State, noted that Buhari’s first term was characterised by anti-people policies and failure to serve the good of the ordinary citizens.
In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP described as unfortunate that the same president, who, in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) last week, could not present any agenda to justify his re-election bid, is attempting to sway Nigerians with cosmetic patriotism.
“What President Buhari’s handlers fail to understand is that Nigerians, being direct victims of his misrule, are aware that the harsh and reckless policies of his incompetent administration, coupled with his body language, are expressly responsible for the untold economic hardship, ethnic division and daily bloodletting currently ravaging our nation,” the party said.
It noted that if, indeed, the president was out to serve, as he claimed, he should show Nigerians, any of his 2015 campaign promises he has fulfilled or any development project initiated and implemented to the benefit of the people in the last three years.
“President Buhari’s second term agenda is directly a quest to continue to enrich the presidency cabal, promote nepotism and protect cronies and corrupt members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the long arms of the law.
“President Buhari’s second term is also a quest to continue to ignore and destroy democratic principles; to continue trampling on the rights of citizens and persecution of opposition and perceived political opponents; to continue the derailing of democracy with manifest disdain for constitutional order; to continue with the intimidation and harassment of the legislature and the judiciary; perpetuation of mediocrity in governance; de-marketing Nigeria at international fora and to blame everyone else but himself for manifest incapacity to govern.
“Nigerians know that the agenda is being pushed by members of the presidency cabal, who are desperate to protect huge economic empires and to cover their atrocities in government.
“Nigerians do not need clairvoyants and psychics to know that another term for the president will lead to decimation of the middle class, over-taxation of the poor, the complete erosion of freedom and secret fight against free enterprise. “It will surely lead to the complete destruction of our economy, our democracy and most importantly the unity of our nation,” PDP added.