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PDP demands apology from Buhari over ‘budget lies’

By News Express on 22/12/2018

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•PDP Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan
•PDP Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has demanded apologies from President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly making false claims in his Wednesday’s budget presentation to the National Assembly.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday that the organization noted with consternation, “the deliberate reliance on falsehood” by President Buhari in the 2019 budget presentation.

The campaign spokesman said Nigerians and the international community were shocked as fact-checks reveal that a large part of the claims made by Mr President, particularly on projects he claimed to have completed, was an outright falsehood, apparently designed by the Buhari Presidency to mislead the nation and the world.

He observed that the fact-checks showed that most of the projects which Mr President claimed to have been completed do not have the littlest attention of his administration if they exist at all.

He added: “Of particular reference is President Buhari’s claim that he has completed the Ugwashi-Uku Dam in Delta state; a claim, which casts a long shadow on his assertions, as the project has been abandoned since 2015.

“In fact, the dam, which President Buhari barefacedly said that he has completed, is overgrown with weeds, while the road leading to the complex has collapsed.

“The scenario is mostly the same in other capital projects, particularly those in remote parts of the country, which perhaps, our dear President thought Nigerians will not fact-check on.

“This explained why federal lawmakers booed him during his budget presentation, a development that is unprecedented in our national history.

“In his desperate plot to nudge up a trajectory of dismal perfomance, President Buhari resorted to falsification of achievements thereby violating his oath of office; the oath of allegiance to the people of Nigeria and corrupted our national performance indices.

“This elevation of lies to a standard practice of governance is embarrassing and the PPCO completely condemns it.

“All over the world, leaders of nations are expected to be truthful in their dealings, but this is no longer the case as it concerns our dear nation.

The PPCO, therefore, charged President Buhari to apologize to Nigerians as well as get his handlers to turn a new leaf and save his reputation from further nose-diving within the few months he has in office as the President.

Excerpted from a Tribune report 

Source News Express

Posted 22/12/2018 7:15:08 PM





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