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FG Slams PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar




The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has been slammed by the Federal Government.

Abubakar was condemned for saying that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has done nothing for Nigerians in the last eight years.

The Federal Government’s reaction came from the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Mohammed spoke on Monday, December 5, at the 7th edition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).

The series was launched in October to showcase the achievements of the current administration. Before now, six Ministers have presented their scorecards including Ministers of Works and Housing, Transportation, Aviation, Interior, Agriculture and Rural Development; as well as Finance, Budget and National Planning.

However, before the Minister of Water Resources gave his scorecard, the coordinator of the series and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, decried what he called “increasing tendency by some opposition presidential candidates to downplay the achievements of Buhari’s administration.”

He said; “The worst offender in this regard has been the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.”

Frowning at the recent statement during his campaign in Akure, Ondo State capital; where he was quoted to have said that the APC had not done anything for Nigeria in eight years; the Minister said such was a preposterous statement from somebody who should know.

“I guess we can excuse the former Vice President who until recently, had fully relocated to Dubai; thus losing touch with Nigeria.”

Mohammed added that if anyone could accuse APC-led Federal Government of doing nothing; it should not be Atiku Abubakar as according to him, throughout the PDP government; there was no motorable road to Abubakar’s hometown and indeed, key local government areas in his Senatorial District; at least until the APC came into office.

“Today, the Mayo Belwa-Jada-Ganye-Toungo road has been constructed fully. It is the road that Atiku Abubakar uses to get to his hometown of Jada.”

In the area of security, Minister Mohammed insisted that before APC came into office; the five local government areas in Adamawa’s Northern Senatorial District were under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists. He noted that even the police, the judiciary, schools, hospitals and markets were sacked.

“Traditional rulers, including Emirs and Chiefs were displaced…Their palaces were taken over by the terrorists as their headquarters.

The affected five local governments in the Northern Senatorial zone, include Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South and Little Gombi. In the Central Senatorial zone, two local governments were effectively under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists. These two local governments in the Central Senatorial zone are Maiha Local Government and Hong Local government.

“Today, not an inch of these local governments in Adamawa, the home state of the former Vice President, is under the control of terrorists. All institutions of the state have relocated back and are operational. All Emirs and chiefs have returned to their palaces.

“Schools and markets have opened. Please note that throughout that period, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar could not even go home. As a matter of fact, when one of his right-hand men, Mr. Adila was killed by the terrorists, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar could not even go to condole with the family of the deceased. It was that bad,” he stated.

The Minister urged PDP Presidential candidate to commend Buhari for making it easy for him to travel to his hometown.

“Now that he can travel home freely, thanks to the Buhari administration. it is not sweet in his mouth to accuse the same administration of doing nothing.

“As they say, the bedwetter should not join those who are insulting the washerman.”

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