Over-Performance Claim: “You’ve been a sleeping President” – PDP hits Buhari 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed President Muhammadu Buhari’s self-as­sessment of having performed “extremely well”, saying he has been a “sleeping president” un­der whose watch Nigeria has degenerated on all indices of development.

The Senior Political Adviser to the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP and governor of Del­ta State, Funkekeme Solomon, who stated this while featuring on a radio phone-in programme in Asaba, the State capital, said: “Nigeria has been bur­dened with a sleeping pres­ident. How can President make such claim when fed­eral universities have been shut for over seven months, when Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world, when armed non-state ac­tors are having a free reign unleashing terror on the peo­ple?”

“The president’s self-as­sessment shows he is not aware of the state of the coun­try. He is not aware his fellow Nigerians are living in abject poverty and deprivation in­flicted by his visionless lead­ership”, Solomon said. He said Buhari’s assessment of himself amounted to a mock­ery of Nigerians that do not have anyone or anywhere to turn to. According to him, the PDP is primed to bring them back from the brink of disaster.

Asked to explain the capac­ity of PDP to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) with lingering disagreement between Nyesom Wike, gov­ernor of Rivers State, and the national leadership of the party, Solomon said there is no faction within the PDP. “What is happening is a demonstration of the dem­ocratic principles PDP is rooted in. Governor Wike wants some issues he firmly believes to be addressed. He is making his position known within the framework of the party”, he said. 

“A lot is being done to resolve all issues. As has be­come clear to all now, the call for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu’s resig­nation may complicate the situation more and may lead to additional but unnecessary resignations. This is because even though Ayu steps down, he will be succeeded by some­body from the North, in line with the constitution of the party”, he further stated.

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