February 5, 2013
Stop Politics of Deceit, PDP tells ACN, CPC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained as fallacious and wicked, media publications by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and its co-traveler, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) aimed at discrediting the PDP-led Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) under the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.
The two political parties in their absurd releases accused the FCTA of budgeting the sum of N7billion for the construction of two Abuja City Gates; N5 billion for the rehabilitation of commercial sex workers and N4 billion for the construction of First Lady's Office. They also claimed that the FCTA padded the budget for the construction of the Vice President's official residence.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh described the ACN and CPC as disparate coalition seeking to wrestle power through deceit, lies and deliberate misinformation.
" It is however clear that this coalition of disparate forces are at their usual homage to deceit and bare-faced lies aimed first at misleading Nigerians and whipping up public anger against the PDP. It is unfortunate that the leadership of these political parties among whom are elders whose 'silver hairs' we thought, would avail the nation virtues to paraphrase Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, have turned to merchants of cheap lies in an attempt to slur the integrity of our leadership of the nation."
"For the avoidance of doubt," the statement continued, "there is no provision for the construction of the Abuja City Gate in the FCT 2013 budget and there is nowhere the FCT earmarked N5 billion for the rehabilitation of commercial sex workers in the said budget. We challenge the parties to prove us wrong."
"The truth is that the FCT administration has nothing to do with the proposed Abuja City Gates. The project is one of the items making up the Centenary City to be financed by the private sectors in earnest of corporate social responsibility towards the Centenary Celebrations. Neither is the FCTA connected to the Centenary City nor to the City Gate, as such does not exist in its budget."
It added, " the FCTA did not provide the sum of N5 billion for the rehabilitation of commercial sex workers in the 2013 budget. What is public knowledge however that is the overall budget of the Social Development Department of the FCTA is N4.7 billion out of which the FCTA
slated only N150 million for routine enforcement and general management of the rehabilitation centers including training and empowerment of rehabilitated sex workers. In fact, the budget was reduced from N225 million budgeted last year. Therefore, to tell Nigerians that the FCTA budgeted N5 billion for the rehabilitation of prostitutes when it is clear that only N150 million was budgeted for the sub-head under which it falls is to say the least despicable."
The statement further said it is auspicious to educate the opposition as well as other Nigerians on the proposed building for the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) for which the sum of N4billion has been provided for in the budget.
"Contrary to the odious and deliberate distortion of facts by the opposition, the building is not for the Nigerian First Lady. The complex on completion is to host the AFLPM which has the backing of the African Union as an instrument for championing women and youth development.The Peace Mission House is a public institution, a building in the likes of the Women Development Center, Nigerian Cultural Center among others which the law empowers the FCTA to build and operate in provision of facilities for the advancement of its development efforts. It will go a long way in reducing the financial burden in rents for international bodies being hosted by the country."
"Similarly, the increment in the budget of the official residence of the Vice President was occasioned by the changes in the redesigning, expertly advised to take care of emerging security challenges. The house is not for the exclusive benefit of the current Vice Present as the malicious propaganda of the opposition has been feeding the public with. "
Irked by the extent the opposition can go to deceive the public, the PDP asked, “what else but studied obscurantism will blind the opposition elements to the massive infrastructural development going on in the FCT under the current administration?"
"The opposition is well aware of the Land Swap Initiative of the FCT administration which in partnership with the private sector has delivered a sizable part of a total of 500,000 houses in 10 new districts while providing jobs for half a million Nigerians."
"Is the opposition blind to the on-going Social Housing Scheme set to deliver a total of 50,000 free houses for Nigerians? Does the opposition not feel the vibration of massive construction in all crannies of the city as in Abuja Light Rail Scheme; the new 10 lane Outer Circular Roads as well as the on-going resurfacing of the inner roads within the city?"
According to the PDP, “the bottom-line is that both the ACN and the CPC are daily proving to Nigerians that their political parties thrive in lies and deceit; an opposition lacking in character and in attitude, a brood of self ambitious dictators united in a shameful agenda of lies to mislead the people."
“This is certainly not the type of leaders Nigerians will entrust their fate to," the statement ended.
Chief Olisah Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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