The youth wing of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has lambasted Professor Attahiru Jega, the immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for comparing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and their party.
The youths, under the auspices of the PDP National Youth Movement (NYM), warned Jega against misleading Nigerians, accusing him of being responsible for the current suffering in the country.
Jega had during the interview on BBC Hausa earlier in the week, asked Nigerians not to trust either the APC or PDP in 2023, saying both political parties are the same.
He said both parties have demonstrated in the last 20 years that the they are not ready to create the desired change in the country.
“Both the APC and the PDP have ruled the country but all we have seen, they do not mean reform. If you look at the fight against corruption, all the people who are said to be thieves and will be punished because they stole under “PDP, they have now defected to the APC, and nothing happen to them”, he had said.
But in a statement signed by its national president, Salaudeen A. Lukman, the PDP youths said the recent outburst of the former INEC chairman was either a deliberate attempt to mislead people or an attempt to announce his new political alliance.
“It is so annoying to listen to principal actor and prime conspirator who put Nigerians and Nigeria nation into her present state of abysmal where everything seems backwards with unprecedented hunger, poverty and insecurity”, Lukman said.
“One will wonder such comparison coming from a renowned Professor of Political Science who is older than Nigeria independence having practically experienced every political dispensations and republic from the inception of Nigeria as a nation making such unguided statement.
“It is either a deliberate attempt to mislead the unsuspecting general public or tricks to announce his new political alliance which is unworthy, unbefitting and dishonourable of a class of man and calibre of citizen Prof Jega belongs being a former Chairman of Nigeria’s electoral body, INEC.
“Comparing an era of PDP that appointed a common man, a core northerner, Muslim from the ancient city of Jega in Kebbi state, who lectures at Bayero University Kano, base on competency and pedigree to head Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission INEC under a southern Nigerian Presidency of Dr Goodluck Jonathan alone is a pointer to discredit Prof Jega claims of ‘no different between APC and PDP era in Nigeria’.
“The party that handed over a robust economy rated the largest economy in Africa, with the exchange rate at N160/$1 and PMS pump price at N87/Litre to this APC regime where Nigeria turned to World Poverty Headquarters, the exchange rate at N510/$1, three times pump price hikes with annual repeated unending subsidy removal, double-digit inflation rate, the all-time highest rate of unemployment and the worst of all, killings of citizens at their doorsteps by kidnappers, highway by bandits and farmland by criminal Fulani herdsmen.
“While the fight against terrorists became weaker following the emergence of an International splinter group known as ISWAP different from the earlier known local Boko Haram both terrorizing our dear nation.
“The Party that destroyed almost all the bonds of our national cohesion with an upsurge of agitation for secession from various section/tribes in Nigeria owing to the nepotic nature of the incumbent APC-led administration can’t be compared to PDP era except one is insincere and unfair to our dear political party”.
The PDP youths called on the former INEC boss to apologise to Nigerians for overseeing the election that brought the APC into power.
“Nigerians should ignore Prof Jega and his tricks, the Prof only wants to inform Nigerians that he has joined one regional political party and that is all, nothing more. The following statement is inconsequential.
“Prof Attahiru Jega should be guided and stop misleading Nigerians for he is part of those who set Nigerian progress on reverse gear since 2015,” the PDP youth added.