The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians are no longer interested in fake promises and false performance claims, now that the 2019 elections are around the corner. PDP also told the president that attempt to lure the South-East geo-political zone into supporting his second term fell like a pack of cards as the people have resolved not to follow any leader who cannot deliver on his promises. The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been jittery since the South-East and other geo-political zones expressed an overwhelming acceptance of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, due to his proven competence, respect for equity and all-inclusiveness in governance. “Instead of accepting his failure, which is manifest to all, President Buhari, who is reputed for not fulfilling campaign promises, is busy making a fresh list of fake promises to Nigerians.
“In this desperation, Mr. President fails to understand that the people of the South-East, just like other Nigerians, are too sophisticated to fall for gimmicks, false promises and ethnic politics and as such cannot be swayed from their resolve to rally with Atiku Abubakar to rescue our nation from the shackles of misrule,” the statement added.
The opposition party noted that Nigerians have since seen through President Buhari’s bouquet of failures and fake promises, which, the party added, cannot heal the wounds of marginalization, nepotism, inequity, disregard for federal character principle and harsh economic policies. The party reminded Buhari that his obnoxious foreign exchange regulations and heavy taxations of his administration are killing businesses and plunging families into extreme poverty. “Nigerians, including those in the South-East, know that President Buhari does not keep promises.
“They know that he has not fulfilled any of the promises he made during the 2015 campaign. As such, they cannot fall to the same old trick ahead of the 2019 general election. “Moreover, President Buhari is yet to apologise to the South-East and other geo-political zones over his administration’s indictment for human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and reported disappearances, as detailed in the reports by the United States Department of State, Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency International (TI).
“Instead of clutching on straws and seeking to beguile Nigerians with fake promises, blame game and false performance indices, President Buhari should come to terms with the fact that there is no way Nigerians can change their minds about voting in Atiku Abubakar as his inevitable replacement come February, 2019,” PDP stated.