The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has no right to criticize President Muhammadu Buhari over the state of the economy.
The APC also urged the PDP to apologize to Nigerians for mismanaging the country for 16 years before Buhari took over.
The ruling party’s comments were contained in a statement released by National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni.
The statement reads in part:
“For the umpteenth time, the PDP lacks the moral basis and credibility to comment or condemn the government on the economy after the mess it left behind. Instead, the PDP must apologise to Nigerians. The warning signs were glaring to the immediate-past administration but it chose the path of economic sabotage by looking the other way and squandering the country’s commonwealth, a reckless decision that has brought the country to its knees.”
“Nigerians will recall that even the immediate-past finance minister and coordinating minister of the economy, confessed that the zero political will to save under the immediate-past administration is responsible for the challenges facing the country. Happily, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has embarked on well- thought economic agenda, policy actions, appropriate fiscal, governance, and socio-political reforms to revamp the economy and tackle the nation’s current challenges in the short to long term.
“Under the new flexible foreign exchange policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June 2016, we now have a single market-determined exchange rate which enables suppliers of foreign currencies to bring in their money and take the same out at market-determined rates.
“The new foreign exchange policy being implemented will ensure our economy recovers in the medium to long term. As contained in the assented 2016 National Budget, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is aggressively formulating and implementing policies aimed at diversifying Nigeria’s economy from oil to other sectors such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing.
“The administration is also proactively tackling increased attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region which has led to disruptions in crude production. The President’s shuttle diplomacy has yielded positive effects on the country’s economic policies.
“As a result, several agreements concluded during the visits are positively impacting on key sectors of the Nigerian economy including power, solid minerals, agriculture, housing and rail transportation. The fight against corruption remains a top priority for the President Buhari APC-led administration.
“In spite of desperate attempts by some partisans to discredit anti-corruption efforts in some quarters, the war against corruption is being won and has been well-received and supported. The generality of Nigerians agree that the days of impunity are over. Through the full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration, revenue leakages have been greatly plugged.”
The APC had earlier accused the PDP of bringing the Nigerian economy to its knees.