Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, criticized Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and communication, on Thursday for saying that the former vice president had imitated the economic strategy of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Mohammed claimed that the former vice president's economic plan was a “crude attempt” to copy the Buhari-led administration while speaking at a press conference in Abuja.
But in a statement released on Thursday, the PDP presidential campaign team addressed the issue and called Mohammed's assertion an effort to “flip fact on its head.”
That is a tsunami of a falsehood!, it read. To start, it has been well accepted that the present administration took office without even possessing a single piece of what may be considered a policy document. Nigerians are aware that the APC needed six months in 2015 and three months in 2019 to form a cabinet, respectively. If it is included in the APC manifesto to delay establishing a government, perhaps the Minister will find it interesting to inform Nigerians.
“It is documented that the APC administration adopted what might be referred to as a catch-up policy to the early signals of the recession, which led to the country's first economic recession in 2016, which also happened to be our greatest economic drop in thirty years.
“For this reason, Nigerians continue to be increasingly willing to accept that the APC's reign has been nothing more than a complete waste of time, thanks to the ruling party's catch-up economic plan, which has left the populace more undernourished, sickly, and disillusioned.
“There is a lot of concern about the general election in 2023 because of the APC's dismal track record in practically every aspect of national life, including economic management, job creation, education, and security. In fact, it needs to be emphasized that the APC will be the subject of a referendum in the upcoming election, and it is certain that the Nigerian ruling party will serve as a case study for how a political party can quickly lose the support of the public.
The scandal that the APC has become in the art of governing is being witnessed by Nigerians of all colors, including the wealthy and the poor, the learned and the uneducated, the old and the young. Nigerians are united in their anger at the APC and in their hope for a better future under the leadership of our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, should he win the 2023 election.
What Minister Lai Mohammed listed as the APC's accomplishments is a list of the arguments Nigerians have used to resoundingly reject the ruling party. It is nothing more than a testament to failures. On the other hand, what His Excellency Atiku Abubakar conveyed to the organized private sector in Lagos State last week represented Nigerians' anxiously anticipated expectations for a fresh start.
The absurd apex of Minister Lai Mohammed's hatred of the truth is his attempt to link the Atiku policy proposals with the APC's failed policies.
“It is disrespectful to the entire country as well as the PDP and our presidential candidate. Lai Mohammed has to apologise to Nigerians for such a callous assault on the truth in the open, it continued.