The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to issue any New Year message to Nigerians.

The party said Nigerians have become disillusioned over alleged failure of the federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to deliver on their promises.

PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday said Nigerians have become overstretched by the litany of woes.

“What else would they tell Nigerians apart from inventing new lies and propaganda as they had always done, particularly at the turn of each New Year.”

The PDP noted that the administration has been reeling out false promises year-on-year even when it has no capacity to fulfill them.

It added: “What is the need for their yearly assurances when the only thing we see is an arrogant and incompetent government plunging the nation into economic recession and visiting the citizens with the worst forms of untold hardship.

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“What seriousness should any Nigerian attach to a government that takes governance for granted, puts off its Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the slightest whims and blame imaginary invasion of its offices by rats for the inability to meet required statutory functions?

“What else should Nigerians expect from a government that promised massive employments only to render 7.74 million Nigerians jobless between 2016 and September 2017; with combined unemployment and underemployment rate hitting 40.0 per cent as declared by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“This is the same APC that promised to deliver naira exchange at N1 to $1 but ended up wrecking the currency from N160-N170 to a scandalous N350-N400; the same party and its government promised to reduce the price of fuel only for it to rise from where the PDP left it at N86.50 to N300-N400 per litre.

“What do we expect from a government that so devastated the economy in 2017 that Nigerians were forced to turn to Ponzi schemes like the Mavrodi Mundial Movement (MMM) for survival only for an estimated three million of them to lose about N18 billion in the process.

“The APC misrule literarily turned 2017 into a harvest of woes; hunger, disease, violence and deaths while the nation is now being pummeled by ethnic and religious agitations and attendant violence in all parts of the country.

“Also this year, marauders, criminal herders, Badoo cultists and insurgents were on the prowl with several innocent Nigerians as victims.

“Nigerians suffered strange diseases; businesses were shut; hardship and poverty swelled mortality and divorce rates while the APC continues to thrive on propaganda and lies.

“Measured against all key performance indicators, the APC controlled Federal Government has fallen below the expectations of Nigerians.”

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