The APC has said that the governor of Niger state, Governor Babangida Aliyu as well as the governor of Jigawa state, Governor Sule Lamido are still bitter and traumatised about their election defeat and have urged them to wake up to the reality that electioneering campaign is over and it is time for nation
In a statement released in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said that their(Aliyu and Lamido) “unprovoked vituperation against the APC and the President-elect was uncouth, ill-intentioned and in bad faith”.
”Nigerians have switched from pre-election to post-election mode, making the unsolicited advice and the rehash of the vitriolic
electioneering campaign rhetoric from the two governors totally out of tune with reality.
”Our commitment to Nigeria is sacrosanct irrespective of the state of the economy, hence we do not need any cheeky advice from Governors Aliyu and Lamido. We are not making any excuses, but we will let Nigerians and indeed the world know how much the economy has been wrecked and the role of anyone in bringing the economy to its knees,” it said.
The Statement further read; “The two Governors have forgotten even the role they played in seeking to scuttle the change that Nigerians so much desired and for which they voted.
”Governors Aliyu and Lamido are so bitter and traumatized that they have forgotten it was their party, the PDP, that divided Nigeria along its ethnic, religious and regional fault lines. They have forgotten that it was their party that cleaned out the commonwealth in its desperation to win at all cost, at a stage shunning the Naira for US dollars and helping to crash the value of the local currency.
”Governors Aliyu and Lamido are also imagining where they would have been now had they not betrayed the G7 of which they were original members, seeing the group up to the starting line but cunningly refusing to take off when the race was flagged off. They made a wrong choice and lost out and they must live with the consequences of their choice, instead of continuing to snipe at some imaginary enemies.
”The chance to be part of a historic opportunity to rebuild Nigeria was offered to the two Governors on a silver platter, but they chose to put their personal interests above the national interest. The fate they have now suffered is a direct consequence of their
shortsightedness and selfishness, and they must accept the full blame for that,” the party said.
APC also promised Nigerians that their government will implement its campaign promises despite the current economic situation in of the counry. It however said that the change will not come overnight but through a gradual, painstaking and consistent acts of good governance, discipline and perseverance.
“We are therefore calling on our compatriots to give their unalloyed support to the incoming Administration as it embarks on charting a new path for the long-suffering nation, while shunning the naysayers who, in their own time, frittered away the opportunity to rebuild Nigeria,” APC said.