The Presidency has responded to a statement released by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in which it made economic arguments to show that Buhari’s first 90 days as president as underwhelming, even as “the economy is going down.”
In a statement signed by the senior special assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the presidency alluded that the PDP has no moral basis to criticise the incumbent considering that PDP administration subjected Nigeria to the “worst economic plunder through corruption” in its recent history.
The PDP had argued in its statement on Saturday through Olisa Metuh, its publicity secretary, that the economy was in decline due to Buhari’s uncertainty as the markets are unsure of his fiscal policy directions. Quoting the recent NBS statistics, the PDP pointed out that Nigeria’s GDP has shrinked by 2.85% since Buhari took over.
The presidency’s statement did not counter the economic arguments of the PDP but criticised the previous PDP government on the issue of corruption and even the rebasing of the economy.
“It is ridiculous for any sane government to artificially rebase the economy and claim to transform Nigeria into the largest economy in Africa as the PDP administration did,” said the statement.
On corruption, the presidency claimed that “Once the formal trial for corruption begins, the PDP might no longer have the moral legs to stand on.”
Shehu contended that in 90 days, the new administration has blocked leakages and other avenues for corruption.