In its review, the ruling party frowned at APC’s silence on the issues of corruption and terrorism, saying it was reflective of the tolerance of APC and its leaders for the two evils it claimed were at the top of the agenda of the PDP-led Federal Government.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP faulted APC’s democratic credentials and proposals on education as it used strike actions in Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN-controlled states of Ekiti and Osun to dismiss the opposition’s plans of quality education.
The party’s response comes on the heels of Senator Bola Tinubu’s Monday lecture at the British House of Commons, where he unfolded the agenda of the merger alliance of opposition parties under the banner of APC.
PDP said: “Members of the British parliament must have giggled and waited in vain for Mr. Tinubu to unveil the much-vaunted opposition agenda on anti-terrorism and corruption.
“Is it that APC has no answers to these or that Tinubu deliberately skipped them? Here, curious minds reflect on two things.
“The PDP-led Federal Government has applied the master strategy that is already yielding results; thus leaving the opposition bereft of fresh, better dimension as an alternative or that the man who appeared in the British House of Commons is the least qualified to speak on corruption and terrorism before such a self-respecting and well-meaning assembly with an in-depth grip on happenings in Nigeria.”
On the issue of National Social Security, PDP wondered why the states under the opposition have not been implementing it if it is such a laudable programme, knowing that under Nigeria’s federalism, the states are not restricted on such matters.
PDP said: “Why is the opposition waiting to get to the centre before implementing this? Why did Tinubu not implement this as Lagos State Governor for eight years?
“Why are the six ACN states over which Tinubu is lord not implementing this?
“Promises are easily made. If Tinubu as Lagos Governor denied workers wage increment and denied pensioners the benefits of decades of service, how could APC government, which he canvasses, take care of the aged and the vulnerable under the social security programme? Nigerians need eggs no doubt but not their empty shells!
“Similarly, the school feeding programme, which APC paraded as one of its cardinal agenda, is in fact a programme under various stages of implementation since it was launched in September 2005 by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“In fact, some of the PDP states have gone beyond meal-a-day to other accompaniments that make learning easy for the Nigerian child.”