By Emmanuel Uzodinma
The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu has faulted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over the news making the rounds that he hired a foreign lobbyist for N400m.
Okechukwu, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) said by such action, the PDP’s “unforced error of choosing His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku is manifesting already as it has to engage in capital flight out of Nigeria, in an effort to launder the image of their candidate in the United States of America.”
Reacting in a statement on Sunday, the VON DG equally frowned at “Atiku’s very expensive strategic meeting at Dubai, United Arab Emirates with a large contingent of PDP chieftains and hangers on.”
He said “for Atiku to spend such a whooping fee on a Trump lobbyist clearly shows that there are still lingering issues about his immigration status in the United States.
“I am in league with some PDP Governors who frowned at Atiku’s Cash and Carry Port Harcourt victory, as it will be very difficult and expensive to clean up the mess our elder statesman and ex-president, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo splashed on him in the global arena.”
On the fact that Obasanjo has publicly pardoned Atiku, Okechukwu opined that “it is only Nigerians who can pardon anyone whose hand allegedly is deep in the cookie jar not someone who is also allegedly more or less culpable.
“If Atiku should embark on such an expensive lobby and expensive trip to Dubai to hold strategic meeting, it means that if he becomes President, Nigeria’s treasury will be in red, as he maybe holding Shadow Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings in Dubai, hence putting Buhari’s RRAP projects in harm.
“For me, choosing between Buhari and Atiku is akin to choosing between transparency and less than transparency. President Muhammadu Buhari has started putting Nigeria on the path to economic growth and development. Buhari has embarked on RRAP (Road, Rail, Agriculture and Power) projects, which full project circle will be the next four years.
“It is on record that he is building 5,000 kilometers of federal road, 5,000 kilometers of Standard Gauge Rail lines and additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity. RRAP Projects will definitely move Nigeria towards self sufficiency in Food production. He needs a second tenure to conclude these projects and fully position Nigeria on the path of growth.”
“Nigerians should not be deceived by PDP and Atiku-One Chance Bus. They promise Restructuring in Six months in office. This is pontificating and grandstanding; as Restructuring cannot be done with Fiat-Executive-Order. Any Restructuring must adhere to Section 9 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. No short cut to the amendment of the rigid Constitution.
“Methinks that the choice of Atiku was an unforced error, as their pledges, actions and mannerisms show that their ulterior intendment is to come back and continue 16 years of squander-mania (1999-2015). Nigerians must rise up and vote for Buhari,” Okechukwu further stated.