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PDP Welcomes Buhari To Presidential Race Faults His Claims On State Of The Nation



The Peoples Democratic Party is pleased to welcome to the 2015  presidential contest, the former Head of State, General Muhammadu  Buhari who declared his intention today, Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

In a statement issued by Olisa Metuh and made available to NewsWireNGR, While the party congratulate and wish Buhari well in his ambition, the party noted  some distortions and misrepresentation of facts in his speech and  consequently wish to put the record straight.

Statement reads, “According to General Buhari, Nigeria was generating 4000 mws of  electricity in 1999 but has today fallen short of that capacity under  the PDP.”

“However, the fact remains that as at May 29th 1999 when PDP took office,  Nigeria was generating 1600 mws. We urge Nigerians to fact-check on  this. Corroboration of this figure can also be sought from the World  Bank, the IMF and multiple other authoritative sources.”

Metuh continued, “In contrast, it is common knowledge that under the transformative  leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria now generates 4568  mws of electricity; a triple of what was generated in 1999.”

PDP Says General Muhammadu Buhari stated that a growing economy which the  PDP inherited in 1999 has been destroyed within 15 years in  office. This also does not represent the reality on the ground.

It noted the fact which can be verified from the hand-over notes from the  military as well as from the World Bank and IMF is that Nigeria was the third largest economy in Africa in 1999, behind South Africa and Egypt.  The nation was also rated number 48 in the world, our Foreign Reserve at  $3.6 Billion while our foreign debt stood at $36 billion.

“However, it is incontrovertible that in the last 15 years of PDP  leadership, especially the last three years of dynamic and purposeful administration provided by President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s  economy has become the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the
world. Similarly, our Foreign Reserve is now over $39 billion dollars,  and our foreign debts reduced to less than $7 billion from $36 billion:

“Besides, General Buhari also told supporters that Nigeria’s agricultural  sector has gone down under the PDP, a statement which also does not
reflect the reality on the ground.”

“Verily, the fact remains that in the last 15 years under the PDP,  indeed, the last three years of vigorous application of the Agricultural
Transformation Agenda, there has been an unparalleled government input  in agriculture, thereby pushing production to an all time high.
Moreover, Nigeria food import has reduced from N1.1 trillion in 2010 to  N684 billion.”

“While we understand that the APC is hell-bent on using every opportunity  at its disposal to discredit the PDP in quest for political control, we
urge their handlers to always cross-check their facts and stop making  mockery of respected Nigerians in the mould of General Buhari.”

“Finally, the PDP again welcomes General Buhari into the presidential  race and hopes that in the future, he will not allow himself to be
further embarrassed in the course of his campaign.”

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