President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged historians and economists to document “the 16 years’ squander-mania and mismanagement by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP”, so that future generations would not repeat the same mistakes.
A statement by the President Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that Buhari gave the challenge when he received members of the Forum of Presidential Candidates and Political Parties for Good Governance at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.
The President, who got another vital endorsement from 12 members of the Forum, noted that the mismanagement during the PDP’s years was unparalleled.
“Our historians and economists should help document it, so that future generations would take note, and not repeat the mistakes,’’ he added
The President told his guests he was glad that Nigerians understood the three fundamentals on which the administration was anchored namely; securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption.
He listed many achievements in the three focal areas, and declared: “We lost unimaginable revenue in the 16 years of mismanagement of the country by the previous PDP administrations. Look at the state of roads, rail, power, and infrastructure generally, as at 2015, when we came into office.
“The roads were not done, neither were they even maintained. The number of lives and property lost on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on a daily basis, for instance, was very sad and tragic. And many other roads like that in the country.
“If the various administrations had fixed infrastructure, Nigerians would have simply minded their businesses. They wouldn’t bother about who even governs them.
“But the mismanagement was unparalleled. Our historians and economists should help document it, so that future generations would take note, and not repeat the mistakes.’’
President Buhari said after contesting four times, “before God agreed with me in 2015, I had a clear plan of what I wanted to do, and people are now seeing the progress we are making.’’
The president, who thanked the 12 presidential candidates that subordinated their own ambitions, and directed all their members and supporters to vote for him in Saturday’s election, said he was overwhelmed by their patriotism.
“I am overwhelmed by your patriotism. The least you could do was to deny me votes in your immediate constituencies. However much your people loved me, they would have voted for their own first. I am really overwhelmed by your support,’’ he added.
Chairman of the Forum, Shitu Kabir, who is also the presidential candidate of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, said they decided to throw in their lots with President Buhari because of advances made in security, economy, fighting corruption, infrastructural development, agricultural revolution, and many others.
According to Mr Kabir, Nigerian political landscape is taking a new dimension.
“As a group of political parties committed to the realization of a new Nigeria, we identify with these laudable feats of the President, which are in proximity with ours, as exemplified in our manifestoes.
“We, therefore, wish to support President Buhari’s candidacy in the coming election, and direct all our teeming members across the length and breadth of Nigeria to go out in their numbers, to vote for APC candidates, Muhammadu Buhari/Yemi Osinbajo, in the coming election,’’ he said.
Other members of the Forum that acquiesced to the endorsement include: Hon. Edozie Madu of Independent Democrats; Danjuma Mohammed (Movement for Restoration & Defence of Democracy); Yusuf Nadabo Dantalle (Allied Peoples Movement); Ahmed Buhari (Save Nigeria Party) and Alhaji Isah B. Dansarki of the Mass Movement of Nigeria.
Others included Ikechukwu Nwaokafor (Advance Congress of Democrats); Alista Soyode (Yes Party); Charles Ogbali (Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party); Kenneth Ibe Kalu (United Peoples Congress); Comrade Isiyaka Paul Femili (Nigeria Element Progressive Party) and Robinson Akpu of the National Democratic Liberty Party.