The All Progressives Congress (APC) says Peter Obi, Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate has nothing to offer Nigerians going by his just released manifesto.
Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, saying that the document was empty and vacuous.
“We are glad that Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi finally released their much awaited policy document after many contradictory statements on same,” the APC said in assessing the manifesto.
“After perusing the document which is very high on graphics and demagogic rhetorics and short on substance, we have come to the conclusion that the document is empty and vacuous.
“The document which is titled: ‘It is Possible: Our Pact with Nigerians’ offers nothing refreshing to Nigerians and comes across as total anti-climax.
“The subtitle ‘Action Plan’ was shamelessly parroted from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s manifesto,” Onanuga said.
He said many of Obi’s gullible followers must have been utterly disappointed that their man failed to offer them anything to be proud of.
This, he said, was after all the blusters and the initial leakage of the document which contained strangely, 15 pages of the biographical sketches of Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Onanuga said Obi’s document contained no grand policy initiatives and options to excite right thinking Nigerians, adding that the document was silent about how he wanted to achieve his objectives.
“Instead, it will set alarm bells ringing in the South South and North East as Obi promises to ‘engineer the transition of Nigeria from a fossil fuel dependency to climate and eco-friendly energy use.
“As expected, Obi’s document contains fallacies and false statistics.
“He claimed China moved 740 million people out of poverty. He understated the achievement and was silent about the period it took the Chinese Communist party to achieve this.
“China moved close to 800 million people out of poverty and it was achieved in 40 years.
“This makes the present APC government’s plan to move 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, more realistic than Obi’s rhetoric tends to suggest,” Onanuga said.
He said that one of the fallacies contained in the document which Obi had often repeated to his followers was that Nigeria was a failed state.
“I wonder whether the labour party presidential candidate sometimes bothers to check the meaning of a failed state and whether the country he dreams to govern falls into the mold of Yemen or Somalia where institutions of government have lost total control of their societies,” Onanuga said.
He said another fallacy was Obi’s claim was that Nigeria recorded modest gains from 1999 to2015 in during Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) years, even when all verifiable evidence pointed to the contrary.
“The Labour Party presidential candidate simplistically diagnosed Nigeria’s problem as elite capture, which is self-indicting as he and his running mate, who he styled new breed are members.
“He claims incompetent leadership has divided the nation, playing up religious and ethnic sentiments, another self-indictment,” Onanuga said.
This, he said, was especially because the hallmark of his campaign had been to go from one church to the other, positioning himself as a Christian candidate and inciting the church against the current APC government.
“In fact, the document Obi released is a poor imitation and regurgitation of what the current APC-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing,” the party said in its assessment of the Labour Party manifesto.
“If anything, the document shows him as a man without honour, credibility and character because he is promising to do all the things he has railed against and de-legitimised in the past.
“We make bold to state that Obi lacks the mental acuity and rigour for the job he is asking Nigerians to entrust to him.
“He is surely not ready and prepared to be the president this great country deserves, and if indeed the Labour Party candidate paid for the wishy-washy document, he should ask for a refund.
“Nigerians are warned to steer clear of Obi and his party, his whole presidential ambition is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” he said.(NAN)