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Apologise To Nigerians Over Failed Promises, A’Ibom PDP Tells Buhari

Posted: Jun 2, 2016 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri

Uyo – The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to openly apologise to Nigerians for its failure to keep to their decorated change promises.

Speaking through its publicity Secretary, Iniobong Ememobong, in Uyo, the state capital Wednesday, the PDP said it was necessary for the Federal Government to appease Nigerians for failure to meet the targets it set for itself within the first year in office.

“The Government at the centre had freely entered contract with Nigerians, but has failed to fulfil its part of the bargain. They are however free to re-negotiate since their expected change promises have not been met.

“PDP is glad that APC won at the centre because Nigerians now know the difference. They now understand what it means to be a progressive movement of people in a direction headed to positive change, but for how long will the APC continue to play the blame game? APC has to settle down and accept the responsibility of this country that they sought to rule,” he added.

The party regretted that after one year in office, the economy has yet to take a direction and the economic policy actions and inactions have only made things harder. It therefore condemned the blame game currently played by the APC and its request for some time to reset the foundations before building a brand new economy. This, the party said runs against the Eldorado they promised Nigerians while demonising Goodluck Jonathan out of office.

In a related development, the All Progressive? Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State chapter has condemned the level of censorship and intimidation meted on members of its party using both indigenous electronic media and the security agents.

In a statement by the state publicity secretary, Ita Awak, the party ?blamed the media for allowing itself to be manipulated by the government.

His words “As soon as I arrived the station (planet radio 101), the General Manager, Mr. Sunday Edet, accosted the anchorman, Aniekan Udosen, at the studio and in my presence, sternly warned that he must abide by their earlier agreement and that under no circumstances should I make any reference, direct or implied, to the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Peoples Democratic Party during the interview”.

“I was stunned by this brash guideline and asked why it had to be that way. Sunday Edet retorted that Planet Radio Station must be protected and his job must not be threatened; and that I should just restrict myself to the one year old President Buhari’s administration. I reminded him that the theme of the interview was to appraise 17 years of democracy in Nigeria. He simply insisted that I must neither make any reference to Governor Udom Emmanuel’s interview on Channels TV nor mention any matter relating to the Akwa Ibom State Government”.

He regretted that he was cut off the air for blaming the present economic situation in the country on corruption and embezzlement by past leaders.

It could be recalled that similar intimidation was reported last week at the same station when fierce looking policemen were said to have invaded the station in wait of the former council chairman of Eket LGA, Mr Aniekan Akpan, for talking down on the administration in the state. His intimidation, arrest or whatever was however averted by the intervention of Sen. Ita Enang, SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (senate).