The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State has berated Francis Orogu, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for his ‘non-performance’ remark about Governor Abdullahi Sule.
According to Orogu, Sule has disappointed the electorate by neglecting to engage in important projects that will positively impact on the lives of the people since his election in 2019.
At a press conference in Lafia, the state capital, the state APC Chairman, John Mamman responded to Orogu’s remark, saying that the governor has been able to transform the state in several areas of the economy since taking office.
He said, “All discerning members of the public, including patriotic members of Orogu’s PDP will agree that his comment is not worth any serious attention but as a responsible political party, we feel it is necessary to respond so as to save the gullible from being deceived”.
“The giant strides being recorded in all sectors of the state economy by the Governor Abdullahi Sule’s administration abound and they are verifiable. It is for this reason that a number of notable politicians and supporters of the PDP are decamping in droves to the APC”.
Some of the governor’s projects, according to Mamman, include the construction of modern bus terminals in the Lafia and Karu local government areas, the construction of the 16-kilometer Sisimbaki-Kwara Road, and the 26-kilometer Mararaba-Udege Road, among others scattered across the state’s 13 local government areas.
“Above all these, the governor has done all the needful to engender relative peace in the state which we are now benefitting in terms of investment flows and security of lives and property. So, any objective observer will wonder what the motives are behind Mr Francis Orogu’s outburst”.
However, it will be recalled that Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its counterpart, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been embroiled in a verbal brawl over Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo’s one-day visit to the state.
Osinbajo was in Bida as a special guest at the turbanning ceremony of Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Following Osinbajo’s departure from the state, the opposition PDP criticized the ruling APC, claiming that it was a pity that the vice president left without inaugurating a single APC-led initiative because there were none.
The State Chairman of the PDP, Tanko Beji, while mocking the ruling APC in the state, in a statement in Minna had said, “The APC-led administration in the state decided to make the visit low-key because they have nothing to commission in the last six years of being in office”.
As though that was not enough undoing, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was not shown any project or landmark achievement by either the government or the APC legislators to commission in Bida.
“The PDP expected that a performing government would line up projects for the Vice President to commission as he visited the state for a jamboree turbanning in Bida but none”.
The VP’s visit, according to Beji, was only a jamboree to squander state resources that could have been deployed for development projects.
In reaction, Ibrahim Khaleel, the sptate APC Secretary, claimed the PDP lacked moral legitimacy to accuse the ruling party of non-performance.
He said, “The Vice President’s visit was a private visit and the government of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello was only present to accord utmost respect to the number two citizen of the country”.