Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has criticized the Labour Party as well as other political parties for not doing enough to combat the widespread petrol and money shortages.
Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate, and Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, were mentioned by Olabode George as people who have remained silent on the suffering of Nigerians brought on by the APC’s misguided policies.
George also expressed amazement at the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, who serves as Atiku’s campaign director general, being silent.
The former military governor of Ondo State, who spoke with reporters in Lagos on Thursday, lamented that due to this anomaly, which is a deviation from regulation or what is regarded as normal, there seems to be a graveyard silence on the part of PDP leadership, the supposed major opposition party.
He said: “In all honesty, I cannot decipher the logic of quietness against the cliff edge that Nigeria has been plunged.
“Our parties, the PDP, and others, such as the Labour Party, SDP, and NNPP, seem to have concurred to the present shenanigan. I wonder, what hate, what evil, what madness will propel anyone of sane mind to plunge Nigeria into the present state of hopelessness, annihilation, and abject suffering of the citizenry.”
He continued: “It puzzles rationality. It benumbs our senses as Nigerians wake up every day to daily agonies of perennial fuel scarcity, tossed at us by the NNPC and the agony of non-availability of cash, occasioned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its Naira rebranding
“Where is the Presidential candidate of our party, the PDP, Atiku Abubakar? Where is Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman? How come the voice of the DG, Campaign Council of the PDP is drowned in perpetual silence, with the presidential election just a few days away?
“Why have they allowed their voices to be drowned in conspiratorial silence? Where are the opposition political parties? What does the graveyard silence portend for Nigerians? It seems to mean that Nigerians’ right to good has been consigned to the dustbin by the political class.”
On the cash crisis in the country, George added: ”The decision of the manager of our financial system, the CBN, to redesign the Naira, has only pushed the country further into dire straits.
“Our national economy has sunk deeper into the abyss, and the people are being made to become refugees in their own country with hunger ravaging every home. The policy on the currency should not have been contemplated in the way it was implemented.”
He added: “The citizenry are only worse for the policy, toiling in vain every day for the non-availability of the new notes. The tragic comedy of the financial crisis is the internal exchange rate racket going on in all the states.
“For you to get Naira cash across the counter and from POS operators, there is an ‘exchange rate’ (charges) depending on the financial smartness of the operators.
“Nigerians now pay between 10% and 25% for them to get their hard-earned Naira cash. Nigeria must be the only country in the world where you pay ‘officially’ a percentage in local currency for you to get your money in banks.”