The national chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Nwosu, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government as the worst in recent history of the country.
Nwosu who was speaking at the party’s Lagos State Secretariat, during celebration of the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary, with a programme the party called a handshake across the Nigeria, lamented that the country had witnessed a monumental rot in all sectors of the economy since 2015.
Chiding the Buhari administration for failing to tackle the killings across the country, he stressed that the administration does not deserve a second term in office, “The current administration has failed and should not be re-elected, and the President does not deserve a second term in office. Right from his days as a military ruler, the president has always been a disruptional leader.
“The country is more divided now than when he came to office, look at the killings, who has been reprimanded? There is sadness in the land as we mark this independence day,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the State chairman of the party, Chief Tunde Daramola, said that the party was ready to absorb the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as its governorship aspirants if he was denied the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket.
Daramola commended the governor over the press conference he had on Sunday over the crisis in the party, saying that Lagos is being ruled by a cabal anmd that it was time someone stood up to them.
According to him, “We thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for what is happening in Lagos State APC. Revolution normally starts from within. We have a cabal that is ruling Lagos State in the APC. This cabal consists of just five people, but I will not mention names. It is good that Governor Ambode is fighting them.
“The cabal has stifled Ambode to the throat. Residents of Lagos State should support him. We will welcome Ambode to our party if he decides to cross over, but we will not give him an automatic ticket, he will have to compete with other aspirants for the governorship ticket.”
On the 58th Independence of Nigeria, Daramola said that it was shameful that the country has not moved forward over the years, adding that though the country has enough resources, it has problem of leadership.
The chairman stated that Nigerians have been taken for a ride for too long, and that the people have failed to claim their rights.
He stressed that what the nation needed was restructuring, saying that Nigeria’s structure was defective and that the people must claim their rights now.
“People thought former President Goodluck Jonathan was a fool for introducing the card reader into our electoral system. This is what has helped in our previous elections and it is helping till today.
“However, we need restructuring and we should use our resources for development purposes.
“We are celebrating 58 years of Independence with nothing to show for it, whereas countries such as Singapore and Indonesia that got independence at the same time with us are no longer regarded as developing, they are now called developed countries.
“I was in Vietnam five years ago and I felt like crying for Nigeria with the level of development there. There is nothing to write home about in Nigeria. Agriculture and petroleum industries are zero. We now buy fuel at N145 per litre.
Speaking further, Daramola stressed that the country had stagnated since Independence because of bad leadership, adding that present leaders were not different from the colonial masters.
He said: “policemen guard our politicians and leaders just as constables were guarding colonial masters in those days. Women and youths should wake up and fight for their rights.
“We are not calling for violent revolution. With civil revolution they can be part of the decision making in the country. People cannot have three square meals in Nigeria now because of poverty,” he said.