Abuja-Kaduna rail project our legacy, not APC’s — PDP

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has said the Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge Rail Line Project com­mis­sioned by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari was con­cep­tu­al­ized, awarded and con­structed by the PDP ad­min­is­tra­tion and there­fore not a legacy of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

A state­ment by the spokesman of the Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi-led na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee of the party, Prince Dayo Adey­eye, said the rail project was con­cep­tu­al­ized by for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo, who was elected un­der the plat­form of the PDP, while the suc­ces­sive ad­min­is­tra­tions of for­mer Pres­i­dent Umaru Yar’adua and Good­luck Jonathan car­ried out 99 per­cent of work on the project.

The PDP lamented that the “usual rhetoric” of the APC has been that the 16 years of PDP in power was a waste, though there are lega­cies to show, in­clud­ing the rail­way project.

The PDP, there­fore, asked the APC-led gov­ern­ment to ex­plain whether the rail­way project was also a waste.

“The truth, which his­tory will bear us out, is that the PDP in its 16 years of rule suc­cess­fully com­pleted nu­mer­ous projects that sub­stan­tively changed the in­fras­truc­tural land­scape of Nige­ria.

“Ev­ery one of those 16 years was a year of great pro­duc­tiv­ity with re­mark­able land­mark achieve­ments. This is very much un­like the APC, which has al­ready wasted one full year with­out even scratch­ing one square me­ter of ground any­where in the coun­try,” Prince Adey­eye said.

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi

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