November 22, 2018

Press Statement

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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 elections are around the corner.

The PDP says the attempt by the Buhari Presidency to lure the South-East
geo-political zones into supporting his second term fell like a pack of
cards as the people have resolved not to follow any leader who can not
deliver on his promises.

The party said President Buhari and the APC have been jittery since the
Southeast and other geo-political zones across board 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.

Nigerians have since seen through President Buhari’s bouquet of failures
and fake promises, which in any case, cannot heal the wounds of
marginalization, nepotism, inequity, disregard for federal character
principle and harsh economic policies, including obnoxious foreign
exchange regulations and heavy taxations of his administration, which
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 apologize to the Southeast 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.

The PDP therefore commends Nigerians across board for their boldness in
confronting President Buhari with his failures and their resolve not to
be beguiled again in the 2019 elections.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary