The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday said some ministers appointed under the government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were “miscreants thugs and mistresses”.
The national secretary of the APC, Mai Buni, said thiswhile reacting to the PDP’s claim that the newly sworn-in cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari “does not inspire confidence”.
He said the argument of the PDP was “warped and a product of defeat hangover”.
Mr. Buni said the APC was not a party that would assign portfolios to “miscreants, thugs and mistresses as (it was) rampant during the misrule period of PDP”.
He said the leadership of the APC was very satisfied with the cabinet put in place by Mr. Buhari and urged Nigerians to support them to deliver.
“We endorse all the portfolios, we have absolute faith in the new ministers and we know that the final hour of redemption is here,” he said.
The national secretary said the choice of the ministers and their clearance without any reservations by the Senate attested to the leadership ingenuity of the president, saying all the cabinet members were “tested and trusted”.
“The meticulous assigning of portfolios on Wednesday was also a signal to Nigerians that their electoral investment in our great party and President Buhari was not a waste.
The party noted that the president’s management of the portfolios has strengthened the nation’s unity, promoted excellence, provided hope for Nigeria’s rebirth and prepared the nation for the future.
“The journey to economic recovery, meaningful democracy, and moral revolution in our great country has started.
“For the umpteenth time, APC assures Nigerians of its desire to take them to the Promised Land.
“The APC government will not fail the nation, Buhari will keep his words and salvage Nigeria for the benefit of all,” the statement said.
It also said the unprecedented speed in assumption of duty by the ministers, hours after oath-taking, underscored the determination of the APC administration to offer quality and faster service to the nation.
The party also appealed to the ministers to abide by their oath of office, render selfless service and live up to expectations.
APC therefore urged PDP to focus its energy and attention on rebranding itself after suffering defeat and not distracting it (APC) from governing Nigeria.
He said the PDP should “face its rebranding pursuit instead of running down a performing government”.
“We implore Nigerians, including the increasingly impatient opposition parties, to give the cabinet a breathing space and support it to deliver the dividends of democracy,” APC said.
The governing party said the task of rebuilding Nigeria was a responsibility of every citizen.
It called on the opposition to join hands with the president to re-fix the nation.
“President Buhari has what it takes to lead. He is imbued with vision to redirect Nigeria to prosperity but he needs the cooperation of all citizens and groups,” said the party.