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APC TO PDP : START BY RETURNING STOLEN CASH

APC TO PDP : START BY RETURNING STOLEN CASH




THE All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday asked the Acting National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, to first compel members of his party to return the money they allegedly stole before thinking of reclaiming power at the federal level in 2019.





APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni said in a statement  in Abuja that Nigerians are aware that the present economic hardship and institutional rot were caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage.

He said it was baffling how the PDP expected Nigerians to abandon APC’s smooth-sailing ship for a sinking and rudderless PDP ship, come 2019.

Buni added that the priority of the APC administration was to deliver on promises made by the party to Nigerians who long-desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.

The statement reads: “The APC, in reacting to the laughable comments credited to the newly-selected PDP National Chairman, is mindful of the 16th century English Language proverb and nursery rhyme ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride’.

“In monitored media reports, Ali Modu Sheriff boasted in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, that the ailing PDP, which lost power in 2015, will regain control of the Federal Government in 2019. Ali Modu Sheriff was also quoted saying the PDP would soon come out with its ‘master plan’ to regain power.

“The APC is reluctant to join issues with Ali Modu Sheriff’s idle 2019 postulations and would rather join issues that will bring about all-inclusive development in the country.

“However, the APC and indeed Nigerians seriously hope the touted ‘master plan’ includes how the PDP and its cronies will return public funds stolen under the PDP’s watch for 16 years.

“Nigerians are aware that the current economic hardship and institutional rot was caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage. President Muhammadu Buhari has been working assiduously to correct the PDP’s years of damage and bring about people-centric governance.”

Buni added: “It is baffling how the PDP expects Nigerians to abandon APC’s smooth sailing ship for a sinking and rudderless PDP ship, come 2019.

“The 2015 election has been won and lost. The priority of the present APC administration is to deliver on election promises made by the party to Nigerians who long-desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.

“The widely-acclaimed job creation, social welfare and inclusion programmes proposed by the Buhari administration have been well-received. The full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the present administration has greatly plugged revenue leakages.

“The presidential directive to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to adjust its pricing template to reflect competitive and market driven components has resulted in a more efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also brought about constant availability of fuel nationwide.