Alleged Stolen N15trn: APC Challenges PDP To Argue With Facts
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to argue their cases against the ruling party with facts.
It accused the opposition of always playing up phantom, baseless and unfounded allegations against the ruling party.
This came on the heels of allegations in the media by the opposition party of stolen N15 trillion public funds under the watch of the President Muhamadu Buhari-led administration.
APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said the PDP was yet to get over the hangover of 16 years locust and recklessness, hence the unfounded and baseless allegations.
Akpanudoedehe said that, “in the past weeks, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has labored to canvass tales of a phantom stolen N15 trillion public funds in the media.”
But noted that, “It is not surprising that the generality of discerning Nigerians has ignored the unfounded and baseless allegation because it is clear that only the PDP believes its deviant tales.
“From petroleum subsidy rackets, unexecuted electricity, CCTV, roads, to arms contracts to fight the North-East insurgency, the culture of outright theft, misappropriation and diversion of public funds became the mainstay and pastime of successive PDP administrations.
“The PDP is obviously hungover these forgotten and discarded years of the locust. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has left that era.
“The most ardent critics of the President Buhari and the APC government he leads will definitely chorus one fact: This government is unsparing and does not condone thieves within and outside government. Nigeria is definitely not where it was in terms of the pervasive corruption, the impunity that ultimately ended the PDP administration’s 16 years of the locust.
“With the implementation of Treasury Single Account, Biometric Verification Number (BVN), Whistle Blowing policy among other initiatives undertaken by the President Buhari administration, the fight against corruption remains one of the strongest successes of this administration.”
The APC Scribe maintained that “For a rudderless party blinded by its tactless opposition politics, we don’t expect the PDP to see the impact and commendations these initiatives have received and the increased government savings it has brought to fund ongoing and critical infrastructure projects across the country.”
Knocking the opposition further the ruling party said the with the advent of APC-led administration, the country has practically forgotten the PDP employment rackets era.
According to Akpanudoedehe, “the bribe-for-jobs and other employment rackets perpetuated under PDPs watch remains one of the most disgraceful and lowest points in our nation’s history. Nigerians will recall how a PDP government fleeced young job seekers of application fees under the pretext of mass recruitment. Many died and where maimed in the 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise for advertised vacancies that had been allegedly sold off by job racketeers. Under President Buhari, Nigeria has left that era.
“Nigeria is no island. We suffered our fair share of the economic impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on livelihoods and jobs. Commendably, President Buhari showed leadership in cushioning the effects and guiding the country out of the economic challenges.
“No government in the country’s history has systematically put in place measures to create jobs and alleviate poverty like the President Buhari government.
“The proactive and successful implementation of the N2.3 trillion Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) has not only stimulated the economy and prevented business collapse, it has also created jobs through support to labour intensive sectors such as agriculture, direct labour interventions and infrastructural investments.
“The administrations N75billion National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) as well as the Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Fund which includes Payroll Support for businesses in health, education, hospitality and food production sectors have targeted millions and provided opportunities for the youths and many Nigerian businesses.
“We invite the PDP to argue with the facts,” Akpanudoedehe concluded.
Unmasking The Illiteracy And Hate Of Faceless Stakeholders In Yola North
In the aftermath of the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa State, a group of faceless stakeholders have emerged, driven by illiteracy and animosity, on a mission to undermine the efforts of the committed and experienced Secretary to the Adamawa State Government (SSG). These self-proclaimed stakeholders, by flagrantly violating the orders given by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to engage their constituents for political appointments, are exposing their true intentions while playing a manipulative game of ‘reverse psychology’.
The recent allegations leveled against the Chairman of PDP Yola-North, Abdullahi Sarki (Audu Kacisa), claiming that he secretly visited critical stakeholders in an attempt to influence the selection process for the best eleven (11) political appointees, are baseless and a desperate ploy by these naysayers. Their accusations hold no merit and only serve to highlight their own incompetence and lack of substantiation for their supposed commitment during the election.
Furthermore, the claim that the stakeholders visited by the Chairman have unanimously refused to comply with the request is nothing more than a display of symptoms resembling a new strain of bipolar disease. These so-called stakeholders, who lack the courage to prove their commitment and support, are resorting to baseless allegations in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of those genuinely dedicated to the progress of Adamawa State.
The assertion that the Chairman’s actions were influenced by the former Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Mallam Bashir Ahmed, is the pinnacle of irresponsibility exhibited by these pretenders who worked against the victory of the PDP in the last election. While true patriots are eagerly seeking collaboration for the betterment of the state, these nattering nitwits continue to throw tantrums and impede progress.
It is important to note that SSG Bashir Ahmad, through his unwavering determination and strategic political calculations, demonstrated his competence without the support of these detractors. While they were engaged in trivial pursuits, he successfully navigated the political landscape, leaving them in the dust. As the reality of their own ineptitude and irrelevance unfolds, they are quickly fading away like flies.
It is crucial for the good people of Adamawa State to recognize these faceless stakeholders for what they truly are: ill-informed individuals driven by ignorance, illiteracy, and a deep-seated hatred for progress. Their attempts to discredit the Governor and his administration, as well as the dedicated individuals who have been instrumental in the state’s success, should not be taken seriously. Instead, the focus should remain on building a united front and fostering collaborations that will lead to the development and prosperity of Adamawa State.
In conclusion, let us not be swayed by the manipulations of these faceless stakeholders who seek to undermine the progress made in Adamawa State. Their illiteracy and hate are evident, and their actions serve only to hinder the collective efforts of those genuinely committed to the state’s growth. It is time to rise above their petty games and work together towards a brighter future for Adamawa State.
By Concerned Citizens of Yola North
Numan Youths Cry Out Insensitivity Of PDP Stakeholders On Appointment List
Concern Numan Youths in Numan LGA of Adamawa State who are also members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party PDP have stressed the need for a quick intervention over what they called denial of Governor Fintiri’s Payback Instruction.
They made this position known in a statement issued to journalists in Yola, the state capital.
The statement reads in parts: “The instruction given by His Excellency during his stakeholders’ engagement was not to vote or delegate by PDP ward EXCOs but a nomination by the larger population to appoint the best and most hardworking PDP member.
“In Numan LGA, the story has always been about religion ahead of hard work. One critical factor is that PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar lost in Numan LGA to Peter OBi of LP.
“Dr. Aminu has not only been the best appointee in numan but the best in its federation.
“He is second to none. He brought stability, peace empowerment and made a lot of people decamp to the PDP.
“It is not surprising that some powerful and mischievous masquerades both in PDP and APC have been working hard to cripple the young humanitarian personality due to fear of his successes, empowerment programmes, water projects, and growing popularity he attained in the past 4 years.
“The fear has also been translated by the young Man taking over the political space in the area.
“Such fear made the PDP ward excos who were remotely controlled by their mischievous masters filled in an APC Christian youth in a Muslim-dominated ward, who was also not from the ward and has not contributed to its development.
“He has been the best political appointee in the numan federation who maintained peace and unity amongst the youths by organizing a yearly seminar and dinner. The statement disclosed.
The statement, however, highlighted some of the achievements recorded by Dr. Aminu in the past four years comprising the construction of about 50 boreholes across all wards of Numan, the empowerment of about 200 youths and women as well as support ward 3 clinics with equipment worth N5m.
It further described him as the highest financial contributor as a political aide to PDP in Numan who defeated and reduced opposition votes in their strongest hold dominated by hausa fulani.
” Dr. Aminu revived PDP amongst Hausa Fulani in Numan and has been the most hardworking aide who has contributed the most to the success of the party in the area.
The statement, however, described the alleged forceful nomination of an APC Christian person from Ward 2 by the EXCOs as sentimental which is a threat to the PDP as a ruling party in the state.
“The EXCOs were influenced by some powerful masquerades against the instruction of the Governor to bring the best nominated non-party member.
“The so-called nominated candidate Arc. Zidon is from Ward 2 and has no voting polling unit in Ward 3.
“Ward 3 is dominated by 90% hausa fulani Muslim but a Christian was imposed against the wishes of the voters.
“An unrest has now been created by such action by the PDP EXCO at the ward,” the statement closed.
PDP Govs, Senators, Reps Hold Retreat In Bauchi, Assure Quality Leadership
Governors of People’s Democratic Party PDP, Senators and members-elect of the House of Representatives have converged on Bauchi State for a one retreat on how to enhance leadership in their respective offices,
The retreat was also aimed at engaging the new members of the National Assembly in an open discussion towards effective implementation of policies inline with the party’s agenda for overall benefit of Nigerians.
The PDP Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Acting PDP National Chairman Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum led the Participants including the party officials for the retreat.
Speaking at event, the Host Governor, Bala Mohammed said despite the challenges being faced as opposition, members of the party must remain resilience to effect the desired change and ensure check and balance in governance at all levels.
Declaring the event open, the PDP Acting National Chairman Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum who called for justice in tribunals handling various election cases expressed hope that members of the party would make difference at their respective states and 10th Assembly.
In his address, the PDP Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said in order to remain relevant, members of the party most prioritize team work to be able to take decisions for the future of the party and the country.
While congratulating the Governors and members-elect for winning elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Governors, of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Delta, Edo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau Rivers, Taraba and Zamfara attended the retreat.
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