Enugu State chapter of All Progressives
Congress (APC) has urged elder statesman and former Vice President, Dr Alex
Ekwueme, to stop weeping for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ekwueme, who was vice president in
the Second Republic while receiving members of the party’s Strategy Committee
at his house in Enugu, said anytime he remembered the story of the party, he
felt like weeping.
Reacting to Dr Ekwueme’s statement
that he felt like weeping for PDP, Enugu APC through its Publicity Secretary,
Mrs. Kate Ofor, said Ekwueme should instead of weeping for PDP, weep for
Nigerians, who were depraved, bankrupted and deeply wounded by the unbridled
corruption which was the trademark of the 16 years PDP’s rule.
According to Mrs. Offor, Ekwueme
should weep for millions of Nigerian youths whose future were punctured by the
looting of our commonwealth, hence decayed infrastructure, poor quality education
and gross unemployment.
“Or do we talk of thousands of
mothers whose children go to bed hungry in the midst of plenty?
“Our empathy goes to His
Excellency, on his regrets that, ‘In 1999, we ended up with 21 out of 36
governors; South East and South South were all PDP. It was a strong showing, we
also had control of the National Assembly; with that showing, all we needed to
do was to manage the party properly as envisaged by the founding fathers,
making it a mass movement and expanding its power base’.
“The scenario envisaged by the
founding fathers of the PDP floundered when billions of dollars were pocked and
doled out by the high placed government officials, as exemplified by the former
Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu. We cannot forget as well how the $23
billion meant for three Greenfield Refineries grew wings, leading to the
present stress on the national currency, due to daily importation of refined
petroleum products.” Mrs Offor said.