A member of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, has replied President Muhammadu Buhari over his claim that the former ruling party did not achieve anything in its 16 years in power.
“I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security,” Buhari told newsmen while celebrating Sallah in his country home on Monday.
Reacting, however, Adeyeye wondered whether the President knew the implications of what he said.
Adeyeye stated, “We have asked the President to sit up and work instead of lamenting every day. His lamentation won’t solve the problem he ought to solve.
“By the way, the Nigerian government under a PDP government tarred 36,000 kilometres of road under six years.
“The President said there was no railway and he went to inaugurate one of those a PDP President almost completed a few days ago.
“Does he know the salary of workers in 1999 and how much they earn now? He should ask how much university lecturers were earning before a PDP President increased their wages.
“The PDP government was also paying salaries as and when due; we were not owing.”
The former ruling party spokesman added, “Under the Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP government created 13 universities, yet the President said we did nothing?
“He should be reminded also that we built power stations and also revolutionalised the industrial sector. When the PDP government was leaving, we had the best growing economy in Africa.”
“All the equipment this government is using to prosecute the war was bought by the PDP government,” he added.
He also debunked the allegation that the PDP government did not save money for the 16 years that it was in power.
He said, “We created the Sovereign Wealth Fund, where money was kept. We also had the Excess Crude Account, where money was being kept.
“But the rebellion against the account came from those who are the doyen of the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress, today.
“The PDP government was able to cancel foreign debts under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Is that not an achievement?”