Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has described the policy document of the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, as empty and vacuous.
In a statement which Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media & Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, issued on his behalf, Tinubu noted that “after perusing the document which is very high on graphics and demagogic rhetorics and short on substance, we have come to the conclusion that the document is empty and vacuous”.
The statement added that the document which is titled ‘It is Possible: Our Pact with Nigerians’, offers nothing refreshing to Nigerians and comes across as total anti-climax, claiming that the subtitle ‘Action Plan’ was parroted from Tinubu’s manifesto.
“Mr. Peter Obi’s document contains no grand policy initiatives and options to excite right thinking Nigerians. It was silent about how Obi wants to achieve his high falutin objectives. Instead, it will set alarm bells ringing in the South South and North East as Obi promises to ‘engineer the transition of Nigeria from a fossil fuel dependency to climate and eco-friendly energy use”. As expected, Obi’s document contains fallacies and false statistics.
“Obi claimed China moved 740 million people out of poverty. He understated the achievement and was silent about the period it took the Chinese Communist party to achieve this. China moved close to 800 million people out of poverty and it was achieved in 40 years. This makes the present APC government’s plan to move 100 million of Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, more realistic than Obi’s rhetoric tends to suggest,” the statement read.
While refuting the claim that Nigeria is a failed state, the council said Obi’s policy document is a poor imitation and regurgitation of what the current APC-led administration is doing.
It added that most of the things Obi planned to do were already being achieved by the Buhari-led government.
While faulting Obi’s strategy of tackling insecurity by partnering with Cameroon, Chad and Niger, it claimed that Anambra was one of the most unsecured and volatile states riddled with criminals and kidnappers when Obi was Governor for 8 years.
“It is a pity that Mr. Obi and his party didn’t know that President Muhammadu Buhari did this within his first week in office as President in 2015 and has continued to strengthen regional cooperation. The Multinational Joint Military Task Force with headquarters in Ndjamena, Republic of Chad is an outcome of the successful diplomatic shuttle to these neighbouring countries, including Benin Republic. Through the Joint Military Task Force and our gallant soldiers, Boko Haram and ISWAP have been routed out of Nigeria and permanently degraded and the whole of North East is stable. Thousands of displaced people have returned to their communities to restart their social and economic activities,” he said.
The campaign council of the ruling party also claimed that Obi promised to complete Dadinkowa hydropower project as part of his promise to solve electricity problems in Nigeria without knowing that same project has since been completed by the current administration of President Buhari.