The national President of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has described President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a total failure.
In an interview with Vanguard, Oyegun described Nigeria as one of the worst places on earth, noting that nothing has changed for the better in 16 years of PDP leadership.
“We will be stupid to say we are going to continue with a party that has failed us for 16 years now because nothing has changed for the better. Security is down, education is down, health facilities. We are one of the worst places in the face of the earth.
“More women die here during child birth than in most other places of the world. More children die here than in most other places of the world. Yet it is a country where we have trillionnaires.”
Oyegun said further that Nigeria is the only country in the world where petroleum subsidy has turned another cash cow, and one third of the country’s crude oil is being stolen and people’s pension pocketed.
“People call PDP Pickin Deceive Pickin; to me it is Poverty Developing Party, because the only thing they have succeeded in doing all over the nation is bringing misery to the people,” Oyegun said.
He added that hope is the only thing that keeps people alive in Nigeria, nothing else.
“The suicide rate in this country today would have been hell of a lot more but for the churches that keep promising miracles; so all our wives and children are now members of one funny named church or the other. Because it is the only way to be mentally stable, they are the only people giving people hope, not government. Not hope that they will find jobs tomorrow but that God will intervene. We cannot just continue this way,” the APC president said.
Oyegun however clarified that the APC had not zoned presidency to the North as widely rumoured. According to him, the battle for the party’s presidential ticket is open to all qualified party members, regardless of their geopolitical zone.