Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to take credit for the Port Harcourt Airport terminal project, which he commissioned yesterday.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, said it was public knowledge that the project was conceptualised, articulated and financed during its days as the ruling party.
It described the commissioning of the terminal by President Buhari as a failed media stunt, which was intended to create an impression that the president is performing.
The opposition party said, if anything, the Buhari administration only succeeded in delaying the completion of the project, as everything regarding the project, including payments to the contractors were perfected by the last administration.
“Nigerians were thoroughly amused when President Buhari’s handlers brought him to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for the first time since his inauguration in 2015, only to orchestrate another failed attempt to claim credit for a project executed by others.
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“It is, to say the least appalling that after three and half years, a president, who is seeking re-election, cannot point to any development project initiated and executed by his administration in any part of our country. 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 (APC), to the chagrin of Nigerians, attempted to claim credit for the Abuja Light Rail Project, even when it was public knowledge that the project was conceptualised and policy-propelled by the PDP.
“We know President Buhari is eager to stuff up his false performance claims ahead of 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,” the PDP said.