Account for your tenure as INEC chair, stop backbiting against PDP- says Bibi Dogo
Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
A founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has urged the former Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to account for his tenure as Chairman of the Electoral body before he embarks on backbiting and false allegations against the PDP.
Bibi Dogo was reacting to the comments reported in the media credited to Professor Jega urging Nigerians not to vote for PDP again in a statement he distributed to reporters in Bauchi.
He described Jega’s comments as an uncontrolled, wrong and untenable political outburst in an attempt to paint PDP black in the eyes of Nigerians. Bibi Dogo said PDP met the expectations of Nigerians as a government and opposition party and has delivered democratic dividends to the people of Nigeria through its 16-year rule in the country.
He said it’s not fair for Jega to compare the PDP era with that of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Because trying to compare the incompetent and decadent APC to the highly productive and development-oriented PDP is an unpardonable disservice to our nation and calls to question the sense of judgment of Professor who served under PDP and used the opportunity to bring the party down.”
He said: “It is unfortunate that Jega, as a Professor of Political Science, could portray an ignorance of the manifest contrasts between the robust fortunes of our nation under the PDP and the wasteland she has become under the six years of APC rule.”
Bibi Dogo said “Perhaps, Professor Jega needs to be reminded of how the PDP worked hard to revamp our nation’s economy, paid off our huge foreign debts and went ahead to grow the economy to become the largest investment hub in Africa as well as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with Fitch B+ rating; only for the APC to wreck the economy and turn our nation into the world’s poverty capital and a debtor country within the space of six years of its rule.
“Professor Jega must also be reminded how the PDP reinvigorated the private sector with new businesses and employments springing up in critical sectors of telecoms, aviation, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, education, retailing, hospitality, healthcare and banking among others.
“Today, under the APC and Buhari, these gains have been wrecked with massive closures of businesses, which saw over 60 million Nigerians losing their means of livelihood, with alarming 33.3 per cent unemployment rate and over 82.9 million more and about 25 million families not being able to afford their daily meals as our country ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index, due to the obnoxious policies of the APC and President Buhari,” he added.
In PDP we have vibrant exemplary leaders with a good vision and mission to move the country forward. He should check the credentials of PDP leaders in all states today, he will see them serving their states and the country very well.”