A new crisis may be brewing between the All Progressives Congress-led federal government and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over Tuesday’s commissioning of the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail line by President Muhammadu Buhari.
While supporters of the APC are claiming the project as an achievement of the Buhari administration, the PDP insists the country’s first standard gauge rail line is its legacy.
A statement by the spokesman of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the rail project was conceptualized by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was elected under the platform of the PDP, while the successive administrations of late President Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan carried out 99 percent of work on the project.
The PDP lamented that the “usual rhetoric” of the APC has been that the 16 years of PDP in power was a colossal waste, though there are legacies to show, including the recently commissioned railway project.
The party, therefore, asked the APC-led government to explain whether the railway project was also a waste.
“The truth, which history will bear us out, is that the PDP in its 16 years of rule successfully completed numerous projects that substantively changed the infrastructural landscape of Nigeria.
“Every one of those 16 years was a year of great productivity with remarkable landmark achievements. This is very much unlike the APC, which has already wasted one full year without even scratching one square meter of ground anywhere in the country”, Prince Adeyeye said.
He further stated that “if morning truly shows the day, then we can say that Nigeria is now really in the era of waste and stagnation”.