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Nigeria won’t survive another APC govt–Tambuwal

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Aminu Tambuwal on Tuesday reeled off national ills under Muhammadu Buhari, listing corruption, nepotism, lies, insecurity, et cetera, and warned that Nigeria will not survive another four years of the President’s party, even after he leaves office.

What the Sokoto State Governor failed to mention, however, is that it was the failure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – to which he defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) – that led to voters electing the APC in 2015.

In fact, Tambuwal left the PDP for the APC in 2014 to become governor of Sokoto and defected back to the PDP four years later in 2018 still as governor. He served as House of Representatives Speaker from 2011 to 2015 on the platform of the PDP.

When the PDP ruled from Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 to Umar Yar’Adua (2000) to Goodluck Jonathan (2015), Nigeria was beset by all these same troubles fostered by the incompetence, lies, and cruelty of Buhari and his ministers.

The difference is that things have got worse under Buhari and the APC. But the PDP lacks integrity to argue that it is a better alternative.

Anyway, Tambuwal pitched at the PDP retreat in Abuja that “the PDP is back. PDP is ready. PDP is poised to write a new positive chapter for Nigeria. A new Nigeria.”

In his fine talk, he quoted Benjamin Franklin: “By failing to (plan) and prepare, you are preparing to fail” – to back up his claim that the PDP has put its house in order and “It is time to Rescue and Rebuild Nigeria” as the theme of the retreat says.

Tambuwal argued that a rickety vehicle cannot take Nigeria to its destination as the nation with possibilities for greatness and progress, and the PDP is now once again a well-oiled, serviced vehicle that will midwife the Nigeria of people’s dreams.

“It is indeed time to Rescue and Rebuild Nigeria. Nigeria is in an urgent need for a surgical operation. Nigeria is in a permanent emergency.

“We all know what the problems are. They are man-made. And is therefore resolvable. It requires a focused, determined, knowledgeable and patriotic organisation of like minds to build the critical mass necessary for a great leap forward. Yes, it requires leadership, with vision and discipline.

“We suffer from a crisis of governance. The unity of Nigeria is facing unprecedented challenges. Life in Nigeria is increasingly becoming brutish and short as insecurity ravages the land.

“Poverty is the forte of the ordinary Nigerian. The health and education of our people has not improved. Our people are in want.

“The economy is in dire straits with the exchange rate now about N540 to a dollar from the N150 to a dollar when PDP left office. Prices of food stuff and essential commodities are unsustainable. Clearly beyond the reach of the average Nigerian.

“Between 35 to 40% of Nigerians are unemployed. And women and youths bear the main brunt. Bandits, kidnappers, terrorists are having a field day. Almost unchallenged. Our children are not safe even in their schools. Continue Reading

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