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2019: Buhari group attacks Atiku over policy document, says ‘not people-friendly’

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Atiku Abubakar, PDP Presidential Candidate

Atiku Abubakar, PDP Presidential Candidate

The Buhari Campaign Organisation, BCO, has lambasted the policy plan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

BCO said the former Vice President’s policy plan lacked remorse and was not people-friendly.

The Economy and Strategy Team of BCO was reacting to Atiku’s presidential candidate’s speech in Sokoto where he flagged off his 2019 campaign.

Abubakar had claimed that he will run a people-friendly government.

Reacting, the group stressed that his policy plan said otherwise when viewed in detail.

A statement signed by the group said Abubakar’s policy document would “blow the ruling APC out of the water because its ideas are already out there and because the candidate had amassed enough resources to enable him employ pawns and foot soldiers that could run an effective media blitz.”

The statement reads, “In the end, it was a non-event. To use a colloquialism it was ‘a damp squib’. If one wants to be kind, the best that can be said about the Atiku Policy Document is that it was rushed out to create a policy platform to mask the real intentions which is to regain power to continue business as usual.

“Let us be candid, it is a wishy-washy, unimaginative and internally inconsistent document. In short it is ‘Disatikulated’.

“Given the relative although unlikely chances of the PDP of becoming the official opposition in 2019, it is important to quickly deconstruct its ideas and to do so by way of general comments and some more specific comments.”

The group insisted that the “document was not original and borrows liberally from other people’s policy documents from within and outside Nigeria.”

BCO said, “As such, it is bland and unimaginative and does not specify how the things it hopes to achieve can be done in terms of resources and bureaucratic capacity of the country.

“It is alright to propose implementing ‘pro-poor policies that will enhance their participation in economic activities and improve household incomes’ Anyone can say that. The issue is how? After all, we in the APC have shown what is possible with our ground breaking Social Investment Programme.”

The group explained that one of the most striking things about the Atiku Policy Document was that it was mostly bereft of people-oriented policies.

“In its haste to pander to big business, our blinkered friends in the PDP completely relegate the issues around investing in the Nigerian people to talking about poverty alleviation.”

“Apart from showing ignorance about the latest thinking around the positive impact that tackling multi-dimensional poverty has on growth, for the Atiku people to be talking about mere poverty alleviation shows that they are completely insensitive to the needs of ordinary Nigerians.

“In case what we are saying is not clear, let us put it in other words. Nobody in serious international development discourse these days talks about poverty alleviation. The reversion to poverty eradication later on in the document does not help their case. It only underscores the sloppy preparation of the document.

“Another great drawback of the Atiku Policy Document is that it pretends as if the past never happened. It makes no atonement for past looting and misgovernance and goes on as if there was nothing untoward in its past.

“How can Atiku Abubakar talk about privatisation with a straight face? How can any PDP person fail to explain why huge funds were voted year after year for projects with no results to show? It is only here in Nigeria that a party boasts about projects it started but ‘Did Not Finish (DNF)’ which is the result given to failed athletes.

The group said it carried out a thorough analysis of the Atiku document and that it talks about increasing debt with a straight face.

“How about the huge debts left for the incoming APC government that were hidden away? These include the $6.8bn on unsettled JV cash calls or indeed the up to N2.2 trillion owed to States, contractors, pensioners, exporters etc. that created a huge debt overhang in the economy but were excluded from official debt figures? Even religions that offer forgiveness do so on the basis of repentance for past misdeeds,” the group said.

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2019 election: Pharaoh let my people go – Agbaje blasts Tinubu

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has described a National Leader of the All Progressives Cobgress, APC, Bolaji Ahmed Tinubu as “Pharoah.”

Agbaje was responding to Tinubu, who during the week, mocked him for adopting the ‘freedom’ slogan for his 2019 aspiration.

DAILY POST recalls that while addressing members of the APC on Monday, said, “Those who said they want freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do freedom for them later.”

But in a statement on Tuesday, the PDP flag bearer likened Tinubu to the biblical Pharaoh of Egypt who refused to allow the children of Israel to leave.

His statement said, “Pharaoh, you must let our people go!

“Apparently, the APC leader has lost touch with reality.”

Agbaje’s statement was signed by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina.

“Otherwise, he would know that, like the children of Israel, Lagosians are groaning under the taskmaster that Tinubu and his cronies have turned themselves into in this state that should rate as Nigeria’s foremost,” he added.

Agbaje said Lagosians would be liberated after the people might have delivered an electoral disgrace to the APC in 2019.

He said, “We identify with our vulcanisers, tailors and all craftsmen who have the joy of duly-earned freedom after their apprenticeship.

“But it is apparent that, unlike them, those who have gotten used to filthy lucre and the dividends of corruption cannot savour the joy that comes with the legitimate sweat and labour of hardworking artisans.”

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What APC wants to do in 2019 – PDP chairman, Secondus

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not ready for the 2019 election.

He stated that the ruling party was planning to rig.

Secondus spoke on Tuesday at the North-East zonal rally of the party in Gombe.

The National Chairman charged the people to be ready to vote out the APC.

He enjoined them to join the rest of the country in the mission to rescue Nigeria.

“You must not only vote but must be ready to defend your vote, the APC is not preparing for election, they want to rig but you must be ready to resist their antics,” he said.

Secondus said that APC had destroyed the country and PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are coming back to power to save situation.

According to a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Secondus said that the economy of the nation has been destroyed by the APC administration with President Muhammadu Buhari painting a gory picture.

He said Atiku is coming with all the prerequisite experience both in public and private sector to restore the nation’s lost glory.

The National Chairman performed the symbolic handing over of flag to the presidential candidate and the six gubernatorial candidates of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Yobe and Buachi states that make up the geo political zone.

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2019: Why Nigerians should vote PDP – Atiku

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has assured Nigerians of peace and development in the country if elected president come 2019.
Atiku gave the assurance at the North East zonal rally of the party in Gombe on Tuesday.

NAN reports that Atiku said people were in hunger and poverty, hence the need to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC), for more development.

He, however, called on the party supporters to vote PDP in all positions for positive change in the country.
Also speaking Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, who is the North East Zonal Coordinator for the presidential rally, thanked the leadership of the party for giving the zone the presidential candidate slot.

He called on the people in the North East to return the favour by ensuring victory for the party in 2019.

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