The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the inauguration of 43 ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday as “a poor parade of recycled foot-travelers,” noting that the ministers are mostly “corrupt” politicians who have failed Nigerians before.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who said this in a statement on Wednesday, argued that the ministerial team was an assembly of persons “indicted for corruption and treasury looting.”
According to him, Buhari has shown by his choice of ministers that he has nothing to offer to the nation other than “condoning and encouraging corruption,” as well as “perpetuating incompetence, failure and ineffectiveness in governance,” which he noted was not surprising.
“The PDP is, however, not surprised that the President had no clear-cut blueprint to rescue the nation from the economic, security and social quagmires which his administration had plunged our nation into in the last four years,” he said.
“Of course, Mr. President has, several times, demonstrated a lack of required capacity to lead a nation as complex as Nigeria, especially at these trying times.
“At a ceremony where Nigerians had expected the forceful articulation of a progressive policy thrust, Mr. President bored the nation with an empty and directionless script that only evoked more despondency in our nation.
“Instead of helping President Buhari to offer hope, his handlers were more interested on photo-ups and refreshments, away from serious business of governance.”
The PDP spokesperson said the party feels the pains of Nigerians, who by now would have been enjoying the benefits of the much desired economic recovery blueprint articulated by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Ologbondiyan noted that in Atiku’s blueprint, proactive strategic policies and plans were laid out for rapid interventions in critical sectors of the national lives to address the security, economic and social problems “caused by the Buhari administration;” and return the nation to its pride of place.
“Nigerians should not lose hope but continue in the expressed determination to retrieve Atiku’s stolen presidential mandate.”