Sunday, December 21, 2014

APC, Amaechi’s Comments On PDP Fund Raising, A Display Of Ignorance – Okupe

The presidency has reacted to the comment by the All Progressive Congress that the money raised at the PDP fund raising dinner be used to fund National power projects.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said APC’s criticism portrays the party as an unserious, unfocused, and defective organisation with no reasonable alternative solutions to the Nations problems.

It said: “Even though we have always known them to be a party with no clear directions, we never thought they could descend so low in exhibiting clear mischief and folly on a critical national issue.

“We wish to reiterate that this government and the PDP will not engage in a dubious practice of collecting money from private individuals and corporate organisations for a purpose only to divert such money to other purposes.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the power reform programme initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan is not run on a knee-jack finance arrangement. It is a properly envisioned road map which is being diligently executed in line with best global practices.

“The power reform programme is being funded through our National budgets and a Foreign Direct investments running into several billion of dollars.

“Reputable global player such as the General Electric is investing over a billion dollars into the generation component of the sector. Nigeria is not a beggar nation and it will not be one under the Jonathan presidency.”

Continuing, Okupe said the suggestion that the 21 billion Naira (105 million dollars) raised at the party fund raising dinner be used for the power project underscores the perplexing ignorance of Gen Muhammad Buhari and his team of party voyagers who have shown that they have absolutely no clue about what it requires to implement a modern revolutionary programme in a capital intensive sector such as Power.

“The accusation that the PDP governors who donated money at the event have not paid civil servants salaries in their states is largely untrue and mischievous.

“We want to believe that the APC probably has it’s own Gov Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state in mind when it made this accusation because it is on record that despite being the major financier of the Buhari campaign, this is the governor who has not paid 13,000 teachers their salaries in the last 8 months!”
 Okupe noted.

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