PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu has replied the APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(rtd) on the statement he made during an interview with the Cable News Network, CNN, that it is wrong and unfair that he should be judged by his past records.
According to the former Bauchi Governor, he said there was no other way someone seeking power could assessed other than on his past and previous performance.
In a statement signed by the PDP National Chairman’s Chief Press Secretary, Chief Tony Amadi, stated that unlike General Buhari, President Goodluck Jonathan was proud of his past record and is happy to be judged by it.
Muazu said; “They say we should not judge them on their past record, but how else can they be judged other than through the work they did in the past. The Jonathan administration is proud of its past record and is happy to be judged by it.
“Why will an opposition party that claims to be agent of change not be judged on its past record in government. What change can they produce without reference to their past record? As far as the economy of Nigeria is concerned today, the present administration of President Jonathan is running on a clear record of good performance and should be voted in for a second term,” Muazu said.
Speaking further he said; “Whether anyone likes it or not, it is the performance of the PDP in the economy that will give us the cutting edge to victory in the 2015 presidential, governorship and parliamentary elections next month. Nigeria didn’t just become the biggest economy in Africa by propaganda or fluke. It happened because of a deliberate plan by the Jonathan administration to bolster the economic standing of our country.”
“I challenge the opposition to a debate on the economy; the very crucial indices for measurement of a successful government seeking re-election in most advanced democracies of the world. That our economy is rated above South Africa is not therefore a miracle, it was the target President Jonathan gave the economic team led by our Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and they achieved that objective in flying colours,” the statement added.
According Muazu he said, It was the economic team that spearheaded the intensification of agriculture to the diversification of our political economy from oil to food and agricultural production on a large scale, adding that; “This is why our country is now producing enough food to feed the nation, exporting the excess and earning foreign exchange. PDP controlled states have tapped into the federal government’s food programme resulting in dry season farming coupled with heavy rice production in states with natural advantages in food production. Government has also invested huge sums to prop APC states with similar advantages.”
“It is the successful management of the Nigerian economy that encouraged investors to be pouring in from Europe, America and Asia, particularly China.”
While appealing to the National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) because of the added boost it would give the economy, he added: “Our opponents in this election have no clue on economic management. The APC has never told us how they will change a winning economic formula that is already on ground and has been acknowledged worldwide.”