The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has accused the major opposition party in Nigeria of lying to Nigerians on major issues at least once a week.
The PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, made the allegation Wednesday at a press conference in his office at the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the PDP.
“Most Nigerians would have today noted a worrisome trend in the camp of the opposition, which is not only inimical to the stability of our nation but also to the growth and sustenance of our democracy.
“Since its formation about two years ago, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has introduced and sustained an unfortunate political streak sustained majorly by lies, character assassination, false alarm, wild allegations, and lately visual simulation all in the desperation to deceive and misdirect the judgment of the electorate,” Mr. Metuh said.
The PDP spokesperson said the APC was simply engaged in deploying all manner of schemes to derail and compromise Nigeria’s electoral process.
“Today, if the APC is not instigating violence or threating democracy and our very existence as a nation, the party is busy procuring criminal hi-tech to hack into INEC’s data-base or clone the Permanent Voter Cards.
“The next day, the same party would connive with some unscrupulous electoral officers to deny non-indigenes in some select states their PVCs while busy making bogus promises to the electorates,” he said.
A litany of fake promises
Mr. Metuh specifically accused the APC of consistently making promises to Nigerians which are not practically possible.
He recalled that the APC recently promised that it would pay a stipend of N5, 000 each to 25 million poor Nigerians monthly, which according to him, translates to a total of N125 billion each month and N1.5 trillion every year.
“What is baffling is that the APC knows full well that this is not only unrealistic but also impracticable in a nation with an estimated budget of N4.69 trillion comprising recurrent and capital expenditures yet they continue to dish it out to unsuspecting citizens in a clear bid to mislead,” he said.
He also said the “deceitful” tendency of the APC came to light in its promise to create 740, 000 direct jobs in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT within one year while on the other hand promising to create one million jobs for Igbo youths also within the same period.
Mr. Metuh added that the APC has also promised to provide free education, daily free meals for millions of Nigerian school children, free tertiary education, free health care and free houses to Nigerians.
“The opposition knows too well that this is unrealistic yet they prefer to brandish falsehood,” he said.
Mr. Metuh challenged the APC to explain to Nigerians how they would fulfil their promises with the prevailing 40 per cent drop in national income and dwindling oil price in the international market.
He said these promises are therefore either bogus or part of the party’s plot to subject the citizens to a harsh tax regime “ostensibly to finance Bourdilon Drive and other personal interests, the real reason they desperately seek power”.
“We therefore challenge the APC to come forward and admit before Nigerians that these promises are false and merely deceitful if not they should be bold enough to tell Nigerians that they are planning to skyrocket our personal income and company taxes if they ever get to power,” he said.
Mr. Metuh said under the PDP-led administration, company tax is a maximum of 30 per cent of the profit whereas personal income tax hovers between one per cent for minimum wage earners to a maximum of 19 per cent for Nigerians earning up to N100 million.
“Can Nigerians afford a tax regime of 45 per cent company tax and 32% personal income tax? Whilst we note the multiple tax regime in APC states like Lagos state, we believe that Nigerians are not ready to bear the brunt of APC’s harsh tax policy,” he said.
He added that if on the other hand the APC decides to deny the planned imposition of a harsh tax regime, he said, they must accept they are guilty of fake campaign promises and deceitful manifesto.
“Indeed, the APC has constituted itself into a huge embarrassment to our dear nation. It has remained a camp of dishonest lot whose statements cannot be trusted having continually displayed its lack of integrity and proclivity for falsehood. A party of one week, one lie,” he said
Mr. Metuh also stated that Nigerians were still shocked at the discovery of the latest international fraud where, he claimed, the APC rehashed an old interview by its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, as a fresh one, all in a bid to cover up a mismanaged international trip.
He said the interview scandal is coming on the heels of another shocking discovery that the APC’s claim that its Presidential candidate visited Chibok turned out to be a hoax meant to deceive Nigerians, as he never did.
“You may well recall that in June, 2014 the APC in its usual proclivity for lies issued a statement alleging that a plane carrying Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso purportedly to attend its rally in Ekiti was denied landing permission in Akure, only for Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye to announce that the governor was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state.
“Nigerians have not forgotten series of false alarms by the APC, the latest being the allegations of government siege and claims of threats to lives of its leaders which turned out to be totally false and only cooked up by its propaganda machinery to heat up the polity.
“Also, the APC had in early 2014 raised an alarm that federal lawmakers were being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP, only for Nigerians to find out that it was false,
“You may also recall the reprehensible attempt by the APC to deceive Nigerians when it accused the Federal Government of deploying operatives of the SSS to terrorize voters in Osun state when in actual fact, the APC governor of Osun state also officially requested for their deployment ahead of the August 9, 2014 governorship election,” Mr. Metuh said.