A former minister, and now chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, Damishi Sango, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach to governance, saying his policies are “anti-people and dictatorial”.
Mr. Sango said the level of hardship under the current administration has forced many Nigerians to live in abject poverty.
He said current events were a repeat of the harsh Nigerian economy during Mr. Buhari’s military government in 1983.
“Buhari is not a democrat, he jailed our parents during his rule as military head of state; I was a witness to that, our people suffered severe hunger, just as the hunger that is biting now,” Mr. Sango said.
The PDP leader said this on Tuesday at a press conference at the party secretariat in Jos.
He said most Nigerians who voted Mr. Buhari in 2015 were disappointed.
“Not many thought the first year of Muhammadu Buhari would look like this. The pump price of petrol at 145, per litre, the Naira at 380 to a dollar, not a single road tarred, the 2016 budget in baby step, no minister has received a tranche for work, salary backlog now a routine, herdsmen as killer squads, Biafra on the rampage, Niger Delta brigands reborn, the change mantra muted jobs,” he said.
Mr. Sango, a former minister youth and sport during President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, said Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has since assumption of office received N97 billion from the federal government, yet was owing civil servants.
On the factions in the PDP at the national level, Mr. Sango said the party will address the issues.
“Our leadership challenges at the national level is an internal crisis, it will be resolved soon, I’m of the opinion that both factions should unit for the sake of our great party into strive again,” he said.
He assured that PDP will reclaim its mandate in 2019.