The party outlines its achievements since 1999.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it is shocked at the scale of attack against it from the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, and its leaders including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, but said it will not engage in “political mudslinging”.
“Whilst the PDP recognizes the inalienable right of citizens to hold opinions and identify with political platforms of their choice, we indeed find it very difficult to understand this type of bitterness towards the party even from persons such as the former Vice President who hugely benefitted from the PDP.
“However, as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians, the PDP will continue to maintain the high moral ground of decency and shall not in any way cheapen this sacred mandate by joining in political mudslinging,” the party said in a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh on Sunday.
Mr. Abubakar was quoted Sunday by The Punch newspaper as saying the PDP is Nigeria’s main problem and that was why he joined the APC.
“I am not ashamed to tell you that. My APC idea is to stop the PDP from continuing to be Nigeria’s problem.”
“The PDP is, today, a party of the establishment – the status quo. The APC is more people-oriented – a party of social democrats. And that is where I belong right from my Social Democratic Party days. I am pro-people,” Mr. Abubakar had stated.
We’ve done well
In its response, the PDP said the people are solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan and his developmental policies, and drew the attention of the former vice president and the APC to the achievements of the PDP-led administration.
According to the PDP, the private sector has been immensely successful in the last two years under its government owing to the continued implementation of its manifesto and policies including the continuation of the PDP ideology of transfer of wealth from public institutions to the private sector.
“This is the hallmark of the PDP-led Federal Government wherein hardworking private individuals are now thriving in manufacturing, trade, commerce and other critical sectors of the economy with business names such as the Dangotes, the Innosons, the AITs, the Channels as well as several others in the banking, telecoms, food processing, hospitality, transport, construction, oil and gas, estate businesses recording huge successes,” it said.
The party said more small and medium businesses have sprung up across the country in the last two years; saying “more print and electronic media houses have been opened, more companies are now involved in various transport businesses, more reputable international eateries and restaurants in the world have opened in Nigeria, more hotels, schools, hospitals, farms and business services companies have been opened; more Nigerians have bought vehicles and built houses, our roads are better, the railway is back in operation, and there is better access to medical care, all to the credit of the economic policies of the Transformation Agenda of the Jonathan-led PDP government”.
It said the new automobile industry policy of the government has ushered in an economic revolution in the manufacturing sector with direct foreign investments from leading vehicle manufacturers including Nissan and Stallion Group which have started establishing auto plants in Nigeria in addition to the revitalization of Peugeot Nigeria and commencement of vehicle production by Innoson Group.
“The revolution in the manufacturing sector will not only generate massive employment for our people but guarantees technology transfer, reduction in costs, increase in ancillary investment opportunities and a boost in medium and small scale enterprises,” it said.
PDP said its government was responsible for the liberalization of the communication sector which has not only revolutionized the sector but also served as a fulcrum for an unprecedented leap in the nation’s economy and monumental advancement in the standard of living of the people. The power sector is about to witness such as well, it said.
In the agricultural sector, the party said it has vigorously pursued the Agricultural Transformation Agenda through which six million farmers have received inputs including subsidized seeds and fertilizers directly from government, in a programme that targets an increase in domestic food production by an additional 20 million tonnes and creating 3.5 million jobs before the end of 2015.
It said the leap in the nation’s economy has been acknowledged by the world community; the latest being the Fitch Ratings which affirmed Nigeria’s long-term foreign and local currency IDRs as well as senior unsecured bond and Short-term foreign currency IDR ratings respectively at ‘BB”s.
In the area of anti-corruption fight, PDP said it has overtime established and has continued to support various anti-graft agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC.
“While the continued success of these agencies lies on the law enforcement officers and all Nigerians, it is on record that the PDP has never shielded any of its leaders or relations of its leaders from investigation.
“It is instructive to note that amidst all these monumental achievements, in the last two years, we have witnessed very serious security challenges in the country, especially the insurgency in the north. It is our incontrovertible statement that no other political party in this country would have maintained democracy in the face of such stiff detractions and sabotage,” it added.
PDP said it recognises the right of individuals to associate freely with anyone they like. It however, added what they expect from the opposition is to proffer solution to the problems instead of constantly engaging in condemnation.
“The PDP wishes the former Vice President and others well in their chosen enclave but we pray, that someday, they will find it in their hearts to accord the PDP due recognition for its contributions not only to the development of the country, but also to their individual political progress,” the party said.