The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should tender “an unreserved apology to Nigerians for their disastrous 16-year rule that has left the people pauperised and traumatised”, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which defeated the PDP last year, said in a statement to TheSimonAtebaNews on Monday night.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his party have repeatedly blamed the past government for massive corruption and outright theft of gargantuan proportion that left Nigeria broke and on the brink of collapse.
Mr. Buhari said while marking one year in office last May that Nigeria would have totally collapsed should the administration of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan been allowed to continue. He thanked Nigerians for electing him and promised to make things better.
But the dwindling economy, the crash of the naira, skyrocketing unemployment numbers have left many wondering whether the party of change would deliver. With some people starting to grumble, PDP members, including the governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, launched scathing attacks on the Buhari government, branding it a total failure.
With the attacks, the APC has hit back many times, saying in various statements that the PDP should hide its head in shame with the massive looting carried out under its watch for 16 long and troubling years.
“Due to PDP’s perfidy, our country’s resources were stolen and opportunities frittered away. But instead of being contrite, the PDP is arrogantly putting itself up as the alternative to a government that is barely one year in office and has inherited a totally ruined economy. This is brazenly irresponsible,” Mr. Segun Dipe, the media aide to the APC National Chairman, said on Monday.
He said the PDP has not even been able to reposition itself to provide robust opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and its “lack of patriotism, recklessness and outright wickedness towards the ordinary Nigerians have finally caught up with the disgraced former ruling party”.
“What the nation can now testify to is that the only thing that united the PDP was their singular commitment to milking the resources of this nation dry, as evident in all the corruption cases that have now been exposed.
“The PDP cannot therefore expect to move on without first taking responsibility for their shameful conduct and ignominious behaviour. The starting point in their long journey to rehabilitation is to apologise to Nigerians
“It is immoral, insensitive, unconscionable and unacceptable for the PDP to hire spin doctors to reel out some figures of GDP growth in their time that never impacted positively on the Nigerian people. Our advice to the party chieftains is that the time is now for them to look Nigerians in the eye and say, ‘we are sorry’,” he said.