The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly trying to claim credit for the Port Harcourt Airport Terminal, Rivers State, saying it is public knowledge that the project was conceptualised and financed by its administration.
The PDP said President Buhari’s alleged theatrical commissioning of the terminal built by the PDP administration was another failed media stunt to create a false impression that President “is
performing, even when he made no contribution whatsoever towards the execution of the project.”
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, that Nigerians were thoroughly amused when President Buhari’s handlers brought him to Port Harcourt, for the first time since his inauguration in 2015, only to orchestrate what he called another failed attempt to claim credit for project executed by others.
“If anything, the Buhari administration, in its incompetence, only succeeded in delaying the completion of the project, which was perfected by the PDP, including payments to contractors,” he said.
Ologbondiyan added that it was appalling that after three and half years, a President, who he said is seeking re-election, cannot point to any development project, initiated and executed by his administration in any part of our country.
He said, “Instead, our dear President has been moving around trying to claim credit for projects executed by the PDP, all in a desperate attempt to cover his failures in governance.
“Only recently, President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress, to the chagrin of Nigerians, attempted to claim credit for the Abuja Light Rail Project, even when it was public knowledge that that project was conceptualized and policy-propelled by the PDP.
“We know that President Buhari is eager to stuff up his false performance claims ahead of the election, but doing so with the achievements of others is the height of desperation and deceit, which has already become repugnant to majority of Nigerians and the international community.”
Ologbondiyan, therefore, called on President Buhari’s handlers to use the remaining days of his administration to prepare him to get ready to accept what he called his imminent defeat in 2019.