- Vice chairman: No, he is talking nonsense, APC is focused
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has likened President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to ‘‘one chance vehicle.’’
Turaki also said that the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government is deceitful and woefully failed to implement its three pronged campaign thrust of economic recovery, ending insurgency and fight against corruption.
The former Minister of Special Duties in former President Goodluck Jonathan administration stated this at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, where he had gone to submit his letter of intent to run for 2019 presidential race, adding that the APC government is clueless.
He said contrary to the APC’s promise to end insurgency, the Buhari administration has worsened the security situation of the country than it met it by allowing a total breakdown of security leading to loss of lives and property on daily basis.
Turaki described as unfortunate the uncaring attitude of the government and its lack of political will to end massacre in the country.
He said, “I am proud to say that the PDP government will protect lives and property of Nigerians when we regain power in 2019.”
The former minister also berated the Buhari government for what he described as a hoax anti-corruption crusade, saying that the process that led to the convictions of ex-governors Jolly Name and Joshua Dariye were initiated by the PDP administration.
Justifying why it is pertinent for Nigerians to vote out the APC, Turaki said, “today Nigerians are crying, they are weeping and dying and they believe that the only party that can save them from this malady and psychological trauma is the PDP. The party performed creditably well with landmark achievements and legacies.”
According to Turaki, though all PDP aspirants have personal qualities to trounce Buhari in 2019 election, he remains the best candidate that the PDP can present, adding that his contest is not a do or die affair.
He said, “If I get the ticket, I will defeat Buhari. If I do not get it, I will work with whoever gets the ticket to defeat Buhari. But I am offering myself to run on the platform of PDP to help revamp the country from its present decay.”
He, however, urged the party leadership to improve upon its openness, fair and equitable conduct of the Ekiti State governorship primary and during the presidential primary election.
But when contacted, the APC Vice Chairman (North-West), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, faulted Turaki’s claim, saying that the former minister is taking nonsense.
He said, “The APC is focused and will consolidate in 2019.
‘‘It is wrong for him to equate the President and the APC with a notorious driver and his gang robbing the people. He is not a serious contender for the prestigious position as he is only playing to the gallery.”