The Peoples Democratic Party says the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors from the South East is an attempt by Buhari to lure the South-East geopolitical zones into supporting his second term.
The President met with governors and some political leaders from the region in closed-door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, promising to complete all infrastructural promises he made to the region.
The opposition party made this known in a statement signed and issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The PDP said that “Nigerians are no longer interested in fake promises and false performance claims, now that elections are around the corner.”
The statement said that attempt by Buhari to lure the South-East geopolitical zones into supporting his second term “fell like a pack of cards as the people have resolved not to follow any leader who cannot deliver on his promises.”
It added, “Instead of accepting his failure, which is manifest to all, President Buhari, who is reputed for not fulfilling campaign promises, is busy making a fresh list of fake promises to Nigerians.
“In this desperation, Mr President fails to understand that the people of the South East, just like other Nigerians, are too sophisticated to fall for gimmicks, false promises and ethnic politics, and as such cannot be swayed from their resolve to rally with Atiku Abubakar to rescue our nation from the shackles of misrule.
“Nigerians have since seen through President Buhari’s bouquet of failures and fake promises, which in any case, cannot heal the wounds of marginalization, nepotism, inequity, disregard for federal character principle and harsh economic policies, including obnoxious foreign exchange regulations and heavy taxations of his administration, which are killing businesses and plunging families into extreme poverty.
“Nigerians, including those in the South East, know that President Buhari does not keep promises. They know that he has not fulfilled any of the promises he made during the 2015 campaign. As such, they cannot fall to the same old trick ahead of the 2019 general election.”