In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC has accused the outgoing President of handling over a distressed government by deliberately sabotaging the incoming administration via contriving crises without making any effort to resolve them.
APC resort that the Jonathan- led administration was leaving behind a fractured economy without electricity, with no fuel and disgruntled workers on strike over the non-payment of salaries. Read extract of the statement after the cut.
“In a few days’ time, President Jonathan will hand over to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. Never in the history of our country has any government handed over to another a more distressed country: No electricity, no fuel, workers are on strike, billions are owed to state and federal workers, $60bn is being owed in national debt and the economy is virtually grounded. Today, Nigerians are roaming the streets, jerry cans in hand, searching for everything from kerosene to fuel to diesel to power their homes, keep their vehicles on the road and keep their businesses going.
“They are paying as much as N300 per litre for fuel, if at all they can get it. Yet their government is not saying a word about the situation…arrogantly told Nigerians that it remains in office and in power till May 29, all it had been doing is sacking people and making new appointments as if it had been deprived of the opportunity to do so in the past six years.
“They are not interested in how to raise electricity production from its unprecedentedly low level of 1,327 megawatts, they are not doing anything to end the strike by blue and white collar oil workers, or to stop the impending one.
“They say they are in office till May 29, but they do not care how workers in 18 states, who are owed a total of N300bn in salaries under their watch or federal workers who are owed N400bn, will be paid. Yet, they are running a budget of N1tn deficit,”.
“Of course, the aviation sector has already been left comatose by the fuel crisis. The whole scenario reeks of sabotage!,”
Mohammed said the “APC is ready, willing and able to begin to address the mammoth challenges facing us as a nation as soon as we assume office at the centre in a few days’ time.”
He, however, said the party would not hesitate for a second to keep Nigerians informed of how “we have been brought to this sorry state, with a view to avoiding such a tragic turn in the future…to resolve any of the crises it has contrived and foisted on the nation”.
“This is the most vivid manifestation of the old saying that literally translates to a departing office holder defecating on the chair he is vacating,” the statement said.