GDP re­bas­ing a dis­trac­tion, says APC

Osun 2014: PDP will re­sist rig­ging - Omisore

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim By Saawua Terzungwe

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has de­scribed as hype the re­bas­ing of Nigeria’s Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP) say­ing it is an or­ches­trated dis­trac­tion and a pub­lic re­la­tions gim­mick.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day by its in­terim na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed, the party said com­ing af­ter the damn­ing World Bank re­port which de­clared Nigeria as one of the coun­tries har­bour­ing the largest pop­u­la­tion of poor people in the world, there is no doubt that the re­bas­ing is the govern­ment’s re­sponse to the re­port.

“How­ever, the federal govern­ment has only suc­ceeded in open­ing it­self to ridicule. This is be­cause if ever there was a clear play at oxy­moron, this is it: The largest econ­omy with the largest pop­u­la­tion of the poor, the largest econ­omy with the largest pop­u­la­tion of un­em­ployed, the largest econ­omy with the largest pop­u­la­tion of cit­i­zens liv­ing in dark­ness, and the largest econ­omy with the worst in­fra­struc­ture.

“Sim­ply put, there is too much poverty in the midst of plenty, and the so-called eco­nomic growth which the FG has been trum­pet­ing with its du­bi­ous sta­tis­tics is not a re­sult of any de­lib­er­ate govern­ment poli­cies. Poli­cies of govern­ment are ex­pected to re­sult in re­duc­tion in un­em­ploy­ment, in­crease in ca­pac­ity uti­liza­tion by man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­creased ac­cess to ba­sic needs of life (food, wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, health care, ed­u­ca­tion, healthy en­vi­ron­ment, etc), in­crease in trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity, etc. On the con­trary, the coun­try continues to slip down the lad­der on all of these fronts,’’ it said.

APC said the federal govern­ment car­ried its joke too far by giv­ing the im­pres­sion that the emer­gence of the Nige­rian econ­omy as the largest in Africa is a func­tion of the eco­nomic poli­cies un­der Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan, “rather than a re­jig­ging of fig­ures to fool an un­sus­pect­ing pub­lic.”

It said for­tu­nately, no one has been fooled by the govern­ment, even though it has suc­ceeded in di­vert­ing at­ten­tion from the “wors­en­ing in­se­cu­rity in the land, the hope­less power sit­u­a­tion that has seen Nige­ri­ans pub­licly protest­ing be­ing thrown into per­pet­ual dark­ness, the ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment, es­pe­cially among our youth and an un­prece­dented mas­sive frit­ter­ing away and loot­ing of the com­mon­wealth and the ab­sence of good gov­er­nance”.

The APC said “Pres­i­dent Jonathan and his shad­owchas­ing eco­nomic team should there­fore quit wal­low­ing in un­nec­es­sary chest-beat­ing over the re­jig­ging of fig­ures and the play on sta­tis­tics and put their shoul­ders to the wheel to push our na­tion for­ward. If they can­not, they should get out of the way and al­low those who are ca­pa­ble to do so.’’ Gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Osun state, Se­na­tor Iyi­ola Omisore has said that his party would not con­done rig­ging in the Au­gust 9, gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state.

Se­na­tor Omisore stated this yes­ter­day at the PDP na­tional sec­re­tariat when he re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate as the party’s flag­bearer in the elec­tions, say­ing elec­tion rig­ging in the South­west geo-po­lit­i­cal zone is worst than armed rob­bery.

He said the chal­lenge of re­mov­ing the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Osun State and South­west in gen­eral is gi­gan­tic but sur­mount­able stress­ing that the party would not fold its arms and watch the APC per­pe­trate elec­toral fraud to con­tinue in power.

“Elec­tion rig­ging in South­west is worse than armed rob­bery and you know what armed rob­bery means. Ev­ery­thing in Osun State to­day is in sham­ble, it is co­matose. We shall win con­vinc­ingly be­yond any rea­son­able doubt,” he said.

He said a key INEC of­fi­cial in the state has been proved be­yond rea­son­able doubt by a court of com­pe­tent ju­ris­dic­tion to be a card car­ry­ing mem­ber of APC.

“This means that Jega has some­thing to hide, and he must come to the pub­lic to ex­plain to us what he has in stock for us,” he said.

Na­tional chair­man of the party, Adamu Muazu charged Omisore to en­sure that the PDP emerges vic­to­ri­ous in the elec­tions stress­ing the need for him to con­sult and work to­gether with all the as­pi­rants and other party mem­bers.

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