By Monday Ochai
Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman
The leading opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of laying claims to some projects conceived and set in motion by past presidents elected on its platform.
This is contained in a statement signed by the party spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan saying most of the projects the current administration identified as its achievements were either initiated or completed by the three successive governments of Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan.
This allegation follows Mr Buhari’s interview with Arise Television on Thursday.
Essentially, the president answered questions bordering on insurgency, banditry, corruption, unemployment, infrastructure deficiencies and other national issues.
“On Infrastructure, it is ludicrous to us in the PDP that Mr. President can disingenuously seek to subtract the deliverables achieved by past PDP administrations from his so-called achievement on infrastructure,” The statement read.
“We want to inform President Buhari, since he is not always aware, that successive governments elected on the platform of the PDP built on these development plans leading to the expansion of major trunk roads across our country, railways and other legacy projects which, probably, his handlers are making him to believe are his.
“It is on record that President Goodluck Jonathan also took on a massive expansion of our international and domestic airports, across the country, built and commissioned railway stations,” the party said.
It said it was an affront on its legacy for Mr Buhari to claim “credit for projects he never conceptualized, commenced or built to near completion, just because he found himself in office at the point of completion.”
The PDP also faulted Mr Buhari’s admittance to have dismissed two governors who approached him for solutions to growing cases of killings and kidnapping in their respective state, and his response to questions on other national concerns.