Nigeria’s main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, described the claim by the President that opposition could see that he was trying as an admittance of failure, alleging that the President has surrounded himself with people who have corruption cases, which has put the claim of integrity by the President to the test.
The President Buhari had on Thursday said members of the opposition cannot fault the efforts his administration had made in its three major areas of focus, namely security, economy and the fight against corruption.
The PDP insisted that the President had failed in the three cardinal promises he made to Nigerians when he was campaigning in 2015.
Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, who also debunked the claim by the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, that the performance of Buhari’s government was satisfactory to God, said, “here is a President who is surrounded by corrupt people, people who have corruption cases hanging on their necks. Where then is the much touted integrity of the man?
“If you claim not to be a thief, but you are surrounded by thieves, you eat with them, open your doors for them and play with them? Are you not supposed to be worried?
“Where then is the integrity? Every suspected corrupt person is becoming your friend. Everyone being tried for stealing and corruption is wining and dining with you. Then you say you have integrity. President Muhammadu Buhari has shown Nigerians his friends and we now know the kind of person he is”.
Ologbondiyan said the President could not have sincerely claimed to have succeeded in the fight against insurgency and revamp of the economy as well.
In the area of insurgency, he said the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan was able to restore normalcy to the Northeast, adding that this was responsible for the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct elections in the zone in 2015.
His words, “The President has indeed failed in the three areas he promised Nigerians. The indices before Nigerians testify to this.
“He has not solved any problem at all. He made the promise that he would fight insurgency, fight corruption and also revamp the economy.
“The PDP government has fought insurgency to the extent that elections were held and results declared in all the local government areas in Northeast by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The outcome of the elections made the commission to declare President Buhari as the winner. Today, some areas in the zone have been taken over by insurgents”.
On the economy, he said Nigerians were worse off.
“Interest rates have gone up. Banks no longer have the capacity to grant loans. The lending facilities handed over to this government by the PDP government are all wiped off.
“Today, there is no middle class. So, where is the said performance? When he is rejected by Nigerians next year, he will go to his village, regretting that he has disappointed the people who elected him to serve them”.