Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr Nuhu Ribadu and the governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday, contended that the Federal Government under the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed the nation through poor governance and failure to address socio-economic challenges, confronting Nigerians.
Both of them, who spoke at the 74th birthday ceremony of the national chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande, at Ila Orangun, in Osun State said the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration had lost focus in providing responsive leadership for the nation.
Ribadu, a presidential candidate of the ACN in the 2011 general election said: “By now, Nigerians can decipher the difference between what the PDP represents and the aspirations of the people in terms of democratic dividends.
He expressed optimism that the progressives under the banner of the ACN would take over the reins of governance in 2015, imploring Nigerians not to lose hope in exploiting the benefits of democratic rule.
Governor Aregbesola said: “It is obvious to all that the ruling party at the federal level has failed in the management of the nation’s economy. But a better alternative is on the way when the opposition would assume leadership of the country.”
“If you look at the other parties, especially the PDP, you will notice that the members are permanently at war with each other, with the leadership seat as unstable as the sea. If they are not in court challenging their leaders, members are formed into factions, openly defying their leaders and the party. How do you expect such party to have the agenda of the people in their scheme of things. It is impossible.”
Describing Akande as a man of impeccable character and integrity, Aregbesola asserted that, “he has never ceased to to remind us, indeed demand of us, that every policy and action of government must pass the critical test of people-friendliness. If a policy is not convincingly in the interest of the people, he would advise us to drop it”.
Responding, the celebrant, who was conferred with the award of excellence by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Osun State chapter, said he was humbled by the glowing comments.
Culled from: Tribune