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UPDATED – Nigeria: Party lambasts PDP for ‘peddling misinformation’ over workers’ salaries, Tinubu’s New Year Message

PDP National Secretariat, in Abuja, FCT

*The ruling All Progressives Party says the opposition Peoples Democratic Party ‘is crying wolf and peddling misinformation’ even when the Organised Labour, who are defenders of workers’ rights, have maintained ‘mature understanding and disposition’ over payment of workers’ salaries last December

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Feigning concern for Nigerian workers, the All Progressives Congress has said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement of December 30, 2023, criticised the APC-led administration over “delayed” payment of December salaries to Federal workers in the country.

Felix Morka, Esq., National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Sunday, December 30, however, described the opposition’s as “a rather flimsy statement also attempted to portray the administration as undermining the economic wellbeing of Nigerians.”

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR

Morka also clarified his party’s position: “For the record, the December salaries of Federal workers have been paid. But that is a fact that poses an insurmountable challenge for decrepit PDP to ascertain or verify.

“The Party would rather flaunt its folly, incompetence, envy and confusion in a statement that is disgracefully bereft of reason or cogency.

“Indubitably, President Bola Tinubu’s administration has demonstrated far greater sensitivity and commitment to workers’ welfare in his few months in office than all of PDP’s 16 years of reckless and profligate rule.”

According to the APC National Publicity Secretary, “in the best interest of workers, the administration has continued to promote qualitative dialogue and engagement with Organised Labour in prevention and resolution of disputes.

“The welfare of Nigerian workers is at the core of the conception and implementation of the administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.”

The statement further noted: “The PDP’s reckless statement cannot possibly be referring to the same APC-led administration that approved the delisting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as a panacea to recurring ASUU strikes.

“Instituted a programme of access to student loan; granted N5 billion as palliative for 36 states of the federation; approved additional N35,000 wage bonus for workers as palliative for three months; the upward review of minimum wage; payment of backlog for N-Power participants, and cash transfer of N25, 000 to vulnerable Nigerians for six months; grants for farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and free train ride as well as 50 percent discount in transportation fare for commuters during the yuletide. PDP’s accusations is nothing short of barefaced dishonesty and partisan pettiness.”

The Opposition’s hypocrisy on fuel subsidy, corruption and lack of political will -Party scribe

Morka stated: “It is hypocritical for the PDP that perverted the fuel subsidy regime, fed fat from the corruption of that system, and displayed a gross lack of political will to end that economic hemorrhage to be idly pontificating about savings made from ending that system against their irresponsible objections.

“The money saved belongs to Nigerians and it is being prudently utilised on their behalf.

The PDP is crying wolf and peddling misinformation even when the Organised Labour, the defenders of workers’ rights, has maintained mature understanding and disposition.”

The party noted: “The statement cuts a pitiful profile of a party with a sordid history and a murky future.

“Nigerians are in the clear that President Tinubu’s reforms are designed to reposition and restore the nation to greatness and sustainable prosperity.”

PDP’s comments on President Tinubu’s New Year message as ‘nagging irrationality’

In a related development, the APC has said the Peoples Democratic Party statement issued January 1, 2024, belittling President Tinubu’s New Year message “is a testament to the party’s incapacity to serve as a sensible or credible opposition party.”

Morka, in another statement the party issued Tuesday, January 2, noted if the status of opposition party were a contested one, the PDP would still miserably fail to pass muster.

The ruling APC stated: “Democratic opposition politics is not exactly about being a masterclass of incivility or casting crude aspersions without justification.

“It is also not about haughty display of ignorance of essential social and economic policy or willful blindness to the administration’s bold and courageous efforts to raise the bar for sustainable growth and development of our country. PDP’s nagging irrationality is a blight on our democracy.”

‘A New Year speech of any President is a goodwill message’

The National Publicity Secretary of APC further said: “Both in tone and substance, President Tinubu’s New Year address was measured, sensitive, articulate, highly presidential and an excellent fit for the purpose and occasion it was delivered.

“A new year speech of any President is a goodwill message to the nation in celebration of the new year. It is a moment for tone-setting of expectations for the year ahead. It is not a policy speech delivered to a think-tank.

“Even that basic understanding of the nature of a new year speech stands elusive to highly deluded PDP.”

According to him, the President was forthright in his acknowledgment of the transient tough impact that some of the administration’s policies have had on citizens, just as he was categorical in expression of commitment to do everything under the power of his office to tackle prevailing challenges and secure a safer and stronger country for the benefit of all.

The statement noted: “The President addressed Nigerians with candour, sensitivity and attentiveness of a kind unknown to the PDP in its 16 years of reckless, and never again, rule.

“The President’s New Year message struck the right chord with Nigerians, assuring of the administration’s commitment to fixing power and energy challenges, locally refining petroleum products, crashing prices of products, creating jobs, enabling a more favourable business environment, tackling insecurity, expanding food security and affordability, implementing new minimum wage for workers, and more.

“Signing the 2024 budget into law on New Year’s Day is further evidence of the President walking the talk. The President is busy doing the job he was elected to do and will not be distracted by PDP’s idle mischief.”

Morka added: “We urge Nigerians to stand fast with the APC administration of President Tinubu as he delivers on his electoral promise to secure improved living conditions for all.”

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