Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has stated that Nigeria fared better under the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, than it does now under the All Progressives Congress, led by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Alhaji Abubakar, who made the remarks during a visit to Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday as part of his nationwide tour to assess the country’s status, bemoaned the country’s deteriorating economic situation.
According to the former Vice President, the PDP-led administration not only increased GDP and industrialization, but also fostered private sector growth.
“Just compare the economic indices under the PDP and APC reigns, the growth in GDP, industrialization, and other areas of the economy, we did incredibly well, and we also fostered the expansion of the private sector,” he stated.
He also praised Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration in Akwa Ibom State for its economic development and infrastructure transformation, while also praising the state’s past leaders for building the groundwork for rapid economic and industrial expansion.
“A number of things have endeared me to Governor Udom Emmanuel, including the state’s infrastructure development, other areas of the economy in the state, particularly the governor’s industrialization program paired with social sector development, healthcare, and education,” he stated. These are crucial aspects of human development, and he has not overlooked them.
“He has had a profound impact on me, and I would like to pay tribute to Governor Victor Attah, who set the framework for our state today.”
While receiving the former Vice President and his entourage, Governor Udom Emmanuel characterized him as a detribalized leader who is committed to the nation’s prosperity and progress.
Emmanuel expressed concern that, despite the State’s abundant natural riches, the State has not received a fair part of the resources.
“Let them tell you what the federal government’s presence is, every single dual-carriage way you drive here is done by the state government,” says a state with 36.5 percent of the nation’s oil and gas reserves.
The state is responsible for every structure you see in the state. The governor stated, “Outside the Police they posted to me, they have not given me anything.”