The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as unrealistic the promises made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in its manifesto and campaigns, urging Nigerians to disregard the promises as there was no conceivable way the pledges could be redeemed.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh made the assertion while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, adding that the opposition had formed a habit of one day, one lie.”
Metuh went on to x-ray some of the promises of the APC and reasons why he deemed them to be unrealistic.
He said: “The APC in one of its phantom promises said it would pay a stipend of N5, 000 each to 25 million poor Nigerians monthly. This gives a total of N125bn each month and N1.5tr every year.
“What is baffling is that the APC knows full well that this is not only unrealistic but also impracticable in a nation with an estimated budget of N4.69tr comprising recurrent and capital expenditures yet they continue to dish it out to unsuspecting citizens in a clear bid to mislead.
“Also, the deceitful tendency of the APC came to light in its promise to create 740, 000 direct jobs in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT within one year while on the other hand promising to create one million jobs for Igbo youths also within the same period. We ask, which do we believe?
“The APC has also promised to provide free education, daily free meals for millions of Nigerian school children, free tertiary education, free health care and free houses to Nigerians.
“The opposition knows too well that this is unrealistic yet they prefer to brandish falsehood.
“These promises are therefore either bogus or part of their plot to subject the citizens to a harsh tax regime ostensibly to finance Bourdilon Drive and other personal interests, the real reason they desperately seek power.
“We therefore challenge the APC to come forward and admit before Nigerians that these promises are false and merely deceitful if not they should be bold enough to tell Nigerians that they are planning to skyrocket our personal income and company taxes if they ever get to power.”