ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday described the presentation of a leadership award to President Muhammadu Buhari by governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a shameful endorsement of failure; the height of deception and a spat on the graves of victims of unrestrained killings and bloodletting in various parts of our nation, in the past four years. President Muhammadu Buhari receiving an award from the Chairman Progressive Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (6r) while from the left, Governor Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa State; Governor Yahya Belo of Kogi State; Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State ‘Goverbnor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State during the Presentation of awards to Long serving founding members of the Progressive Governors Forum at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 10/05/2019 The party said the “solicited award is another failed image-laundering and botched endorsement by the Presidency, which is being confronted by the weight of public rejection for its failures and the rigging of the February 23, Presidential elections.” The PDP made its position known yesterday in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. According to the statement, “it is totally disgraceful that Mr. President’s handlers could conjure such scandalous whitewashing project to gloat on Nigerians at a time they (Nigerians) are extremely hurting over the prevalent economic hardship, hunger, disappointments, failures and humongous corruption that have become the hallmark of the Buhari administration. “The PDP holds that by allowing themselves to be used for such image laundering for President Buhari in the face of his failures to find solution for the killings and kidnappings in Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Katsina and other states of the federation, the APC governors have again exhibited their party’s unpardonable insensitivity and disdain for Nigerians.” The statement further read: “It is disturbing that at a time genuine leaders are exerting themselves for solutions to the myriads of crisis plaguing our nation, those elected on the platform of the APC are busy playing to gallery and acting scripts while our nation continue to slide; the very reason Nigerians voted for Atiku Abubakar on February 23, as their preferred presidential candidate. Assassins after me, my son for supporting Buhari ― Mrs Obasanjo “The Presidency and the APC have chosen to engage in endless unprofitable celebrations in the safety of Aso Villa while Nigerians are left at the mercies of bandits, kidnappers, marauders and insurgents in their homes and workplaces. “The PDP counsels President Buhari to end the circus at the Presidency and face the stark reality of the dejection, despondency and misery Nigerians have been subjected to due to his incompetence as well as insensitivity to the plight of the citizens.” Obaseki will not sacrifice Edo’s collective patrimony for greedy persons – SSG President Buhari was on Friday honoured with an award for his “excellent leadership” qualities by the Progressive Governors Forum at a ceremony in Abuja.
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