Nigeria 2015: Our candidates, policies better than APC’s, PDP says

FILE PHOTO: President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said its array of candidates for the February elections are far better than those of the All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that the same is applicable to the policy direction of both parties.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday detailed that the PDP is the only truly pan-Nigerian party for which the unity, stability and prosperity of the nation remain paramount.

“The founding fathers of the PDP had their eyes set on specific goals, which include ensuring the indivisibility of Nigeria, sustenance of democracy and providing enabling environment for the prosperity and welfare of our people. These have guided our governments and have continued to reflect in the quality of leadership by our elected and appointed officers at all tiers in the last 16 years. These are also the values that have resulted in the unparalleled milestones recorded in every sphere of our national life especially under the current administration.

The PDP said the quality of legislations and policies under its administration has continued to transform the nation into a destination for progress with Nigerians excelling in every sphere of life

“The strict adherence to the rule of law, the guarantee of personal freedom for all Nigerians, passage of the Freedom of Information Act, ensuring greater transparency in governance, the electoral reforms, the policy of wealth transfer leading to the unprecedented thriving of private enterprises, the agricultural and health reforms resulting in increased life expectancy and reduction in food import, the return of the railways and massive investment in road infrastructure and communication as well as growing the economy to become the largest in Africa and the third fasted growing in the world, all point to the superiority of the manifesto of the PDP and its ability to deliver good governance despite daunting challenges”, the statement said.

On the other hand, the PDP said the APC lacked a clear-cut manifesto noting that this has been further exposed by the hollowness of its campaigns and failure to articulate any concrete roadmap to back its much-mouthed change slogan (that) has exposed the fact that it only seeks power for power sake. It said this has also reflected in the calibre of its (APC) candidates, noting that they were no match for those of the PDP at all levels.

“Apart from the hollow chant of change and entertaining of their gatherings with recycled insults against office holders, the APC and its candidates, especially its Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, have not been able to articulate a clear-cut manifesto or explain to Nigerians the strategies they intend to use to bring about their so-called change.

“Whereas our Presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan has been campaigning on issues detailing his achievements and plans for the future, APC and General Buhari have so far failed to explain to Nigerians how they intend to create wealth or how they intend to handle things differently. They lack the ‘how’, a development which confirms that they are desperate politicians who seek power for their selfish interests”, the PDP said.

Stating that its performance remains verifiable, the PDP noted that the lack of a guiding manifesto on the part of the APC was responsible for the stagnation in their states, as they have remained helpless in the face of diversion of their resources to expand the economic interest of APC merchant owners.

It said the only achievements in APC states were those leveraged on the opportunities created by the PDP-led Federal Government through painstaking implementation of policies and prudent management of resource in line with the PDP manifesto and policy which directs the “creation of a dynamic economy in which market forces are combined with the forces of partnership, solidarity and cooperation for the benefit of the people.”

Signed:

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary


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  • adekenny

    May GOD deliver us from this un performed team,these hypocrites,blackmailers, deceivers called Pdp!! May GOD help us and bless nigeria

  • oluwaseyi mayowa

    Keep up the good work jare Nigerians are too sophisticated to be deceived by the lies and deceit from the party of angry power seekers,we all have also noted their effort at attacking maiduguri soon after the president’s visit to take our attention our from the recent attestation from CNN rating our economy as the 3rd fastest growing in the world after china and qatar,Both the APC and its militant wing the bokoharam will never succeed in bringing about their negative change for our dear nation.MAY GOD FORBID EVIL FROM TRUIMPHING OVER GOOD

  • taiwo

    Can’t wait for feb 14th and 28th to come and pass so we can rest from the insults and tantrums from Liar Mohammed and his boys

  • olamide martins

    It’s undebateable that the candidates of PDP are far better that those of the Apc even in the grassroots sector. There is no gain saying that fact.

  • taiwo

    did you guys notice that APC was not represented at the town hall meeting yesterday evening organised by the debate group where the various parties present answered questions on their plans for Nigeria and the content of their manifestos,They are merely good at hiding behind different pseudo names to propagate bullshit and scream change online.Majority of them don’t even have PVC

  • malik shaibu

    PDP is the only national party in Nigeria .shikena .Sai Jonathan Allah ya kai mu

  • Abdullahi Adamu

    Islam Forbids EVIL: The Looters Buhari Is Working With
    Buhari – the self-acclaimed anti-corruption fighter but surrounded himself by the most corrupt Nigerians
    1. Bola Tinubu – Drug peddler, certificate forger, looter and highly corrupt APC leader that awards a kilometer road in Lagos for N1 Billion using his “House-boy” called Fashola
    2. Chibuike Amaechi – Psycho, looter and highly corrupt governor that withdrew NN19 billion from Rivers State account and spent all in 6 months for APC campaign. The same man that invited Bloggers and bribed then with N300m. Have we forgotten the N5billion he used to hre crowd for APC rally? By May, 2015, his abode would be Kirikiri maximum prison.
    3. Timipry Sylva – wanted by the EFCC for looting and embezzlement of public fund. He is jail bound.
    4. Atiku Abubakar – his middle name is corruption. He is also wanted by the American govt and hence can’t enter the US. His corruption charges are enormous. Ask OBJ for a detailed report.
    5. El-rufai – an e-Rodent and dwarf – who took lands that belonged to innocent Nigerians and reallocated to his family members and girlfriends. When he was the BPE chairman, he sold Nigerian national assets to himself. No wonder he ran away during Yar Adua’s regime.
    6. Danjuma Goje- a regular guest to EFFC office.
    7. Bukola Saraki – his corruption tendencies caused a problem between him and his father and from there the old man developed illness and died.
    8. Tanimu Yakubu – he is still evading EFCC arrest.
    These are the people Buhari is working with. How can he fight corruption?
    Oh! I forgot that Buhari’s second and second names are FRAUD & FORGER respectively. A man that has no WAEC, yet he got admitted into the army and rose to the rank of Maj-Gen. A man that has lived all his life on LIES! INEC asked for his WAEC certificate, he went to a local school in his State and forged one. Does he need us to tell him the address of WAEC office?
    Buhari is the father of corruption, nepotism and forgery in Nigeria.

  • Sani Danladi

    Quote of the Week:

    “We professional politicians, we want to project young politicians to grow…Whatever idea you have, why not push it to the younger ones to implement when they get there than to be fighting for power at 70?” – Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa,former Governor of Sokoto state.

    If you are a young Nigerian supporting a party that fielded over 80 year-old man as president,shame on you!

    • malik shaibu

      It is not Buhari’s fault he is merely too blinded by ambition to realise that Tinubu doesnt wish him well but only wants to use him and then give him a state burial

  • Musa Yaro

    We Nigerians lack reading culture and have developed an attitude of swallowing things line, hook and sinker. I asked myself several questions before identifying withGEJ’s candidature.I took a stroll down the memory lane from 1983/85, I studied some high profile cases including Alex Ekwueme,Tai solarin, Sam Mbakwe. I studied Buhari’s economicstrategies which later exacerbated our nation, I studied hisintolerance to other religions,freedom of the press. I studied his decisions that bother on student unionism,corruption etc I studied his uprightness .

    Recently I have studied his speeches, a sharp reflection of his state of mind, have also studied the intents of his newfound lovers in the likes of Atiku, Tinubu, Amaechi etc.Our problem is the doubt over the government we set over ourselves while thinking we are being critical of government.

    Our problem in Boko haram is not about the competence of Jonathan but our disunity of purpose. Johnson wrote , while GEJ was comfortably on top of the situation in 2012/13, Mr Buhari and other Northern elders were accusing him of partiality against the North and recommended that GEJ should stop military offensive against the terrorists in favour of amnesty. Admiral Nyako termed it Ethnic cleansing. Jonathan acceded to the demands of this section of the country for unity but in the process, the terrorists found time to regroup and became more formidable.

    Now, the same people who asked GEJ to soft pedal has now turned the atrocities of the terrorists to a campaign point, this is unfortunate. It is treachery when a father asks a son to jump from a roof top that he will catch him and when he jumps , he not only fails to catch but set spikes for him. The fact that Buhari called for a lesser offensive against Boko haram and recommended amnesty as was done for the militants in the Niger Delta, should dis-entitle him claiming the government is not effective in the fight, citing non use of lethal force? In saner societies, he will be ashamed for blowing hot and cold at same time on same issue. He would’ve stock to his advice or apologise for wrong advice.

    He told us he borrowed #27.5 million for a nomination form but he did not tell us how he plans to pay back. The Identity of the bank, manager, account officer has not been made public. It will interest you to know that he collects #2.3 million on monthly basis as his retirement benefits , yet no foundation for the poor, empowerment of any kind, no scholarship whatsoever has been recorded. He told us he has #1million in his account ,alas, his daughter pays €30000 yearly in a foreign university, equivalent of #8 million. He claimed to have fought corruption but under his nose, Abacha emptied our treasury. I do not wish to remember the 52 cases, IbrahimAwwal’s £14 million. He once argued that all ACN governors are corrupt, he said they award 1 kilometer road at #1billion .

    He accused El-rufai , Atiku, Bisi Akande Tinubu etc of corrupt practices. The good news is, they are now change agents and their sins washed away. A thief and a beneficiary of a stolen product is culpable of same crime. Suffice it to say Buhari is corrupt. What economic decision has he made?Stopping Jakande Lagos mono rail at the detriment of $72million tax payers money? Dismissing 30000 soldiers to cut cost? stopping of Ajaokuta steel?.

    Now he has promised #5000 to unemployed at least to encourage lack of creativity and idleness, he has promised to feed school children, help Ebonyi state produce more yams and stabilize price of oil in the foreign market . If any voter can employ the like of Buhari to head his organization especially on foreign engagements with experts , then the person mean no good for Nigeria.

    On GEJ, I have noticed a style, steady and noiseless transformation. I can remember what Shagari said over the weekend. We cant get it at once but we are getting it. Have you asked how many people Sure-P , youwin have employed? Have you noticed the decline in the importation of Agric produce? Have you seen the airports, railways and road networks? You believe your votes can count, any kudos for that? Have you studied the automobile policy that has allowed Innoson, kia, Nissanetc build and assemble cars in Nigeria aimed at employing citizens? Have you accessed the BOI, Agric and SMEloans? Have you noticed the number of ghost workers detected through IPPS thereby saving #46 billion? What of fertilizer fraud , heard anything from that quarter? Use of technology.Have you say thanks for the 12 universities built, over 130Almajiri schools, over 60 healthcare facilities, improvement in power generation, gender equality etc?

    What has APC done in their various states? Which APC state is enjoying free education?. Yesterday, Buhari complained of the 16 woeful years under PDP. Was he referring to Obasanjo who’s working for him now, Atiku, Amaechi, Gemade, Rochas, Tambuwal ,Sylvia, Kwankwaso, Saraki, Ogbe etc? Buhari represents a change to dackness.

  • Timothy Aseer

    LEST WE FORGET
    Dateline: March 20th, 2011
    Event: ACN Rally in Kano
    “What has Gen. Buhari got to offer? We certainly don’t need expired leadership as we are offering the best in terms of brilliance, courage and patriotism in the class of Sarkozi of France, David Cameron of Britain and Barack Obama of the USA.”
    – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Vanguard Newspaper, March 21st, 2011)
    Today, what expired as far back as 4yrs ago is being re-packaged for sale in 2015.
    Suddenly, it doesn’t matter again if Nigeria’s would-be leader looks like an ancient, unintelligent manual typewriter beside a sleek computer.
    The most alarming thing is that Nigerians are open-eyedly buying a fraud!

  • Ademola Arowosaye

    Osun state workers have not been paid for three months. APC is promising 3million jobs in a year. Can you see hypocrisy? Liars and deceitful people. The lilttle talents we gave them are squandered, yet the are bragging they can do more. 419 obtaining by deceit. Agege to Iju is 5 kilometers and it took Fashola 6 years to complete, yet APC wants to tare the whole contry overnite. Sun boat was bought for Lagosians and it ‘sailed’ away never to return, yet they say they are mister saints. Fayemi borrowed to build government house and put 50m bed in it, yet APC says they are mr prudent. Ole. Oshiomole looked at poor widow and derided her and asked her to jump and die, yet APC says they are my compassion. Amaechi locked HOA and judiciary now for over a year, APC says they are mr justice. Finally, Buhari attained general in the army without prove of certificate yet APC says they are my incorruptible.
    God will judge you as we sing a dirge for you on Feb 14.

    • malik shaibu

      the APC has failed shikena

  • Preye Aganaba

    Some times last week,some well meaning Nigerian youths,practitioners of 40 NGOs and 500 CSOs accross the country met and reach a consensus in Daura kastina state,Nigeria that they can no longer trust the personality and political under tune of the APC presidential aspirant in person of the 72years old General muhamedu Buhari over his tripartite presidential ambition majorly because of his Secret intentions to power the North and weaken the south which is presently unknown to Nigerians.

    Meanwhile it must interest Nigerians to know that among Buhari secret agendas is to conserve and re-instate our oil wealth in the North,legalize sharia Laws in all part of the Country,creat Islamic banking system and if care is not observed disintegerate our father’s land for so many reasons best know to the Northerners.the above submission are sure fact about General Buhari ambition which must be taken into cognisance by Nigerians and listen to the Voice of the people which is the Voice of God and Flush out general Buhari a fouth time by voting him out in order to alert him that Nigerians don’t need a military dictator in our most cherished democracy.

    Finally,I hereby call on every Nigeria to Vote for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as president for a second term for the transformation to continue because if presidential power is given to Buhari,the Northerners will hijack the Country for their personal interest. that is why we are calling on all Nigerians to reject the Nothern Jahadist crusade against the people of the South,East and west of Nigeria so as to make Nigeria a better place for Nigeria would have been much better if not for the massive killing of innocent Nigerians in the North By the Islamist sect called Boko Harran built up by General Buhara and his APC cohorts.

    VOTE OUT BUHARI!VOTE OUT APC IN THE FORTH COMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!!

  • Pam Daylop

    We are greatly moved that millions of Nigerians everywhere are outraged that APC is actively led by a team of thugs, criminals and paedophiles. APC has a problem. No, APC is the problem!

  • Okafor Emeka

    IS THE DIE ABOUT TO BE CAST?

    THE NORTH HAS BOKO HARAM – A BUNCH OF MINDLESS JIHADISTS.

    THE NIGER DELTA HAVE THEIR MILITANTS. THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS OVER THEIR OIL.

    I AM IGBO. I HAVE NO OIL. I AM GRATEFUL TO THE NIGER DELTA FOR THEIR OIL. THE NORTH SHOULD LEARN TO BE GRATEFUL NOT TRYING TO SEIZE BY FORCE. JONATHAN WILL END THE PRACTICE OF INDIVIDUALS OWNING OIL WELLS. THAT IS WHY OBJ, IBB, BUHARI AND OTHER THIEVING GENERALS ARE GANGING UP AGAINST HIM.

    IT IS TIME TO END THE DEPRAVED RULE OF THE GENERALS. BUHARI’S MUST BE STOPPED.

  • Ifeanyi Chukwujekwu

    My humble president may God bless you
    IJN
    And before I forget GEJ till 2019

    • malik shaibu

      sai better educated young and vibrant northerner 2019

  • ABUBAKAR A.

    WHAT ARE YOU SAYING PDP? YOUR CANDIDATES AND POLICIES ARE BETTER THAN APC’S?? AND YET THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY IS COLLAPSING?? NAIRA IS BEING SOLD FOR OVER 200 TO A DOLLER. WE ARE APPROACHING ELECTION AND YOU ARE STILL TELLING NIGERIANS LIES.

  • 1MASK01

    At this level and especially for PDP and GEJ, we shouldn’t be talking of policies and promises. Leave that to the opposition party. PDP and GEJ should be talking of achievements and projects with a view to doing more, he already had 6years to prove himself, is now left for Nigerians to determine if that he has done enough to deserve a third term or not