2019: Buhari Using Ghana Visit To ‘Curry International Endorsement’ – PDP

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo at Ghana's 61st Indepenence Celebration in Accra

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using his visit to Ghana to seek support from the international community for his re-election in 2019.

Buhari had on Tuesday addressed Ghanaians at the Black Star Stadium in Accra, the nation’s capital during the country’s 61st Independence anniversary.

PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday said the President’s visit to the brother Nation was meant to seek global support for his re-election bid.

Ologbondiyan said the Nigerian leader however ended up embarrassing himself, as he was unable to pinpoint his achievements in his 3-year rule, unlike his Ghanaian counterpart who had achieved a lot in his 1-year in office.

The statement reads: “We know that the Presidency sought to use the Ghana visit to curry international endorsement for their 2019 re-election bid, unfortunately, they reaped a harvest of international embarrassment and ridicule.

“We hope President Buhari recollects that unlike his Ghanian counterpart, his administration had nothing to show in its first year in office. Our President recalls that under his own watch, over 8 million Nigerians have lost their jobs, 16 million remained unemployed, 18 million more were underemployed while another 27.44 million refused to work for various reasons related to frustrations occasioned by the negative policies of his government,” the statement said.

PDP also criticised the President for offering to assist Ghana in her war against corruption, urging him to stop embarrassing Nigeria in the international arena, especially as the world knows what is obtainable in his government.

“President Buhari offered to assist Ghana in her fight against corruption, we hope he remembered that the world already knows that back home, his administration reeks of allegations bordering on corruption in high places and the Transparency International (TI) report has exposed the fact that corruption has worsened in Nigeria under his government,” the statement added.

“Today, the world knows that what obtains in Nigeria is direct persecution of opposition members under the guise of a fight against corruption, which has been aided by intimidation of the judiciary and incessant harassment of journalists.”

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