Hardship: FG tackles PDP govs, others


Woo opposition for Nigeria's unity, Tinubu tells APC governorsThe Federal Government disagreed with governors elected on the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Board of Trustees, BoT, yesterday, who blamed the Federal Government over economic hardship in the country, which they said is causing a lot of hunger and anger in the land.

The PDP governors’ views were echoed by their forum chairman and governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, who at a meeting of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, said Nigeria is bleeding, there is a lot of hunger and anger, and there appears to be no good governance in the country. He assured that the PDP would give a vibrant opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Also, the PDP BoT said that biting economic hardship, high cost of essential life-enhancing commodities and alarming food scarcity in the country “occasioned by the ill-implemented policies of the APC administration are already causing restiveness and agitations in various parts of the country.”

In a quick counter, the Federal Government, in a statement by the Minister of Information & National Orientation, Mr. Mohammed Idris, accused the PDP governors of playing to the gallery, claiming that most of them have not properly utilised increased federal allocations to improve the welfare of their people.

According to the minister, many PDP states are owing salaries, and pensions, and have done little or nothing to boost agriculture, only to turn round to blame the Federal Government.

However, the Labour Party, LP, agreed with the submissions of the PDP, saying that the APC has ruined Nigeria’s economy.

These happened as the PDP confirmed Senator Adolphus Wabara as chairman of its BoT and appointed former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi as secretary. The PDP leaders promised to address lingering crises in their fold to offer strong opposition and stop APC’s alleged move to foist a one-party state, claiming that the death of PDP would kill democracy in Nigeria.

Survival of Nigeria’s democracy tied to PDP

Acting National Chairman of the PDP Board, Senator Adolphus Wagbara, who said the survival of Nigeria’s democracy was tied to the survival of the opposition PDP, said that the party was fully aware of moves being made by the ruling APC-led government to foist a one-party system on Nigerians.

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