Press Release: PDP Welcomes Buhari To Presidential Race, Faults His Claims On State Of The Nation

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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.

While we congratulate and wish him well in his ambition, we have noted
some distortions and misrepresentation of facts in his speech and
consequently wish to put the record straight.

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.

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.

Again, 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.

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.

Signed:

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

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