The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has urged the All Progressive Congress, APC-led government to stop blaming the PDP for their failure and concentrate more on providing solutions to the myriads of problems confronting the country. Sheriff gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja, while inaugurating four special committees, ahead of PDP May 21 national conventions, scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He said:
“The APC leaders choose to blame PDP for lack of petrol in the country even after one year in office. I advice APC to stop blaming us; we are now in the opposition working to re-position our party to show Nigerians that we can do better.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday blamed the nation’s prevailing economic woes on PDP’s 16-year reign which failed to save for rainy day. He said:
“In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure was built with meager resources. But in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day. We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and that is why we are where we are today.”
The National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had also blamed PDP for the continuous hardships being experienced by Nigerians. Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday, Tinubu said;
“PDP destroyed the country. We should not be lamenting about petroleum queues today if they had seen what is necessary and done what is necessary for this country.”
According to Sheriff, the PDP shares in the pains Nigerians are going through in the hands of the APC-led government, adding that with what has happened in the last one year of the APC government, Nigerians now have an opportunity to compare the performance of the two parties.
“The leadership of the party shares the pains of Nigerians after one year in office of the APC. Nigerians now have an opportunity to compare the PDP and the APC and Nigerians are the ultimate judges. Instead of APC providing solution, the APC is blaming PDP for lack of petrol in Nigeria.”
The chairman also alleged that the APC-lead government was mobilizing its governors from other states to come to Abuja to compromised the council elections scheduled for the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday. He however, warned that the PDP will not allow its votes to be appropriated by any party.
“I have heard from reliable sources that governors of APC who are not resident of FCT want to come to the FCT for the election on Saturday. We will not allow anybody to rig us out. If they bring one governor, we will also bring in one governor.
“If they bring one former governors we will also bring in one former governor. We will not be part of any violence but we will protect our votes. Our votes must be counted and winners must be announced. There should be no inconclusive elections in the FCT.”