Jega wrong to compare APC with PDP — PGF DG

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Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress

The Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman, has said the former Chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, was wrong to have compared the six-year rule of the All Progressives Congress, with the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Lukman, said this in a paper titled, ‘Nigerian Politics and Fallacy of PDP – APC Semblance,’ made public in Abuja, on Monday.

He was reacting to an interview granted by the former INEC boss to the BBC Hausa Service in which Jega was quoted as saying both the PDP and the APC have failed Nigerians.

Lukman said, “Is it true that both PDP and APC ‘had failed to engender good governance and development in the country’ as argued by Prof. Jega? What exactly are the evidence that made Prof. Jega to arrive at such a conclusion? So far, from the BBC interview, Prof. Jega did not present any specific validation of his conclusion.

“The evidence so far from PDP’s record of sixteen years in government is largely about litany of corruption and how problems of insecurity become widespread in the country. With respect to the problem of corruption, a series of reports of investigation are there, which is not about anybody’s opinion.

“For instance, recall the House of Representatives investigation on petroleum subsidy in 2012. Under the Chairmanship of Faruk Lawan, the Committee reported that ‘contrary to official figure of subsidy payment of N1.3 trillion, the Accountant-General of the Federation put forward a figure of N1.6 Trillion, the CBN N1.7 Trillion, while the Committee established subsidy payment of N2.587 Trillion as at December 2011, amounting to more than 900 percent over the appropriated sum of N245bn.”

He said in contrast, “When President Muhammadu Buhari administration assumed office in 2015, the total budget for Federal Roads by the outgoing PDP government of former President Goodluck Jonathan was 18 billion Naira, which is only about 25 percent of the Lagos State roads budget for that year.

“The persistent skeletal funding translated to abandoned or slow-moving road projects across the country.

“APC administration’s first priorities were to increase the amount of funding available for road projects, while also ensuring the resumption of work on abandoned projects. In 2016, the roads budget went up to 260 billion Naira, for which about 200 billion Naira was released.”

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