President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) still owed Nigerians explanation on how it spent humongous resources that accrued to the country from oil sales between 1999 and 2014.
The president made the statement when he received the leadership of organized labour which came to felicitate with him on his electoral victory at State House, Abuja, on Thursday, March 7, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said the current administration met a country with dilapidated infrastructure all round in 2015 and the situation called for the serious question what the party was in power for 16 years needed to explain.
The party would have to explain what it did with the country’s earnings from oil, which reached a peak during the period. “PDP has not successfully explained to the country what they did with the money,” President Buhari said.
“There were no roads, no rail, no power. They said they spent $16 billion on power, but where is the power? “The irresponsible expenditure of that period has not been explained, and Nigerians deserve an answer on that terrible mismanagement of the country.”
The president thanked organized labour for the support and patriotism shown during the presidential election, especially after the unexpected postponement.
“You and your members stepped in to support willing Nigerians to exercise their civic and patriotic rights to vote. You intervened as patriots, and not for political, religious or tribal purposes. You simply did the right thing during a difficult period for many of us.”
President Buhari said he would continue pushing the Change Agenda, “and remain focused on our core pillars of security, economy, and fight against corruption”.
He urged organized labour to partner with the government to make the country peaceful, prosperous, and corruption free.
In his remarks, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, lauded the president for being worker-friendly, as exemplified in the granting of bailout funds to state governments to pay backlog of salaries and pensions.
The labour leader appealed to the National Assembly to earnestly pass the National Minimum Wage Act, while also asking the president to thereafter sign it into law within the shortest possible time.
Organized labour pledged to remain “veritable partner in progress with government,” counseling the President to continue to “make the Nigerian people, especially the poor, the centre-piece of your policy initiatives and actions.”
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election, has called on his supporters to come out en mass in the March 9 election and vote candidates of the party across levels.
Atiku made the call on Thursday, March 7, in a brief video posted on his verified Twitter handle ahead of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
The former vice president also expressed gratitude on the love and support showered on him during the recently conducted presidential election across the country.
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