Resign now, PDP tells Buhari

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John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi

The Peoples Democratic Party has called on
President Muhammadu Buhari to leave office
immediately.

But before quitting, the former ruling party asked
the President to return the country to how he met
it when he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
The spokesperson and a member of the party’s
National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo
Adeyeye, said this in a statement he signed in
Abuja on Wednesday.

The former minister of state for works said his
party was not happy with the state of affairs in the
country.
He specifically mentioned the statement credited to
the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, that,
“recession is a word.”
Adeyeye said, “Is this statement as a result of
ignorance, lack of patriotism or in-line with
President Buhari’s comment that his ministers are
noise makers?
“For the record, recession is characterised as a
period of negative economic growth for two
consecutive quarters, given rise to high rate of
unemployment, fall in output, increase in
government borrowing, etc.
“Following this understanding, Nigeria’s economy
is already near depression. The crass ineptitude
and lukewarm-attitude of this All Progressives
Congress government is no longer tolerable, and
therefore, we are calling on President Buhari and
his team to return Nigeria to its state of booming
economy before they assumed office in May, 2015,
and then quit immediately to allow other capable
leaders revive our ailing economy.”
Adeyeye said about three airlines, local and
international, and some banks had allegedly
suspended operations and sent their members of
staff on an indefinite leave due to the poor state of
Nigeria’s economy.
He said Nigerians were aware that the PDP
government invested heavily in most of the
nation’s airports, an action he said resulted to
alleged ‘facelift’ and improved operations through
remodelling, construction of new airports,
refurbishing and equipping of the local and
international airports to meet the best practices in
the aviation industry.
He said the APC’s administration had frittered
away all the good policies and programmes which
he claimed the PDP put in place, thereby bringing
down the aviation sector in the country amongst
other catastrophes he said the new leadership had
caused.
He said the President should sit down to work
instead of constantly blaming past governments at
all time.
He said, “What Nigerians want from this
administration are positive results and not
resorting to throwing tantrums on the PDP at every
given opportunity.
“Our call for the President to return the country to
how he met it in 2015 is justified on the following
grounds.
“In 2015 when the President came to power, a bag
of rice was selling at N7,000, but now, it is above
N20,000; a ‘mudu’ of beans was N150 then and
now, it is N500; one US dollar was then trading for
N197 but now it is over N400.
“Also, a litre of fuel was N87 but now is N145;
cost of transportation and other services had
skyrocketed. Given our observations since the
inception of this government, they have nothing to
offer and as such, quitting will be a solution
because nobody can give what he/she does not
have. The APC has failed.”
Adeyeye called on Nigerians to recall President
Buhari’s purported “body language” at the
beginning of his administration and reiterated that
governance “is a serious business and not about
someone’s body language’ and de-marketing
strategies of Mr. President while ‘globetrotting’.
“When this government came to power in May
2015 riding on the achievements of the previous
PDP administration, President Buhari’s handlers
and his party, the APC, claimed it was his ‘body
language’ that brought some positive changes the
country was witnessing at that time.
“So, we want to know what are the results of the
so-called ‘body language’?”
He concluded that the earlier the President and his
team quit, the better for the country, saying “there
is no better time than now to make this call for the
President to return the country to how he met it
and quit.
“He can even quit right away for a more
experienced team to take over.”
Adeyeye appealed to members of his party and
other well-meaning Nigerians to keep praying to
God to intervene so that the country could quickly
recover from the ailing economy.
The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Mr.
Osita Okechukwu, who was until his appointment,
the South-East Zonal spokesman for the APC, has
dismissed the PDP’s call for Buhari’s resignation.
Okechukwu said the PDP was simply trying to
make Nigerians forget the 16 years of its
maladministration.
He said, “On May 13, 2010, the Jonathan
administration announced the contract award of
three refineries which he called the greenfield
refinery. One was to be located in Bayelsa, one in
Kogi and one in Lagos, if those refineries were
constructed, the billions of naira we are losing
through vandalism of our pipelines would not be
the order of the day.
“If his wife, Patience, was wise enough to use the
money she used to build a hotel in Yenagoa for the
refinery, we wouldn’t have been where we are
today.
“The Nigerian people know where the rain started
beating us. As the Petroleum Task Force chairman,
Buhari, with the meagre resources at his disposal,
was able to build more kilometres of roads than
the PDP did in 16 years, even though they had
more money.
“Are they saying Nigeria should return to the years
where Boko Haram held all of us to ransom and
the looting of the public treasury was the order of
the day?”

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