17th December, 2010
The National Democratic Party, NDP, has scoredÂ the ruling People’s DemocraticÂ Party, PDP, low statingÂ that it has failed the people of Nigeria in its last 12Â years of ruling.
The National Vice Chairman of the party, Otunba Babatunde Edu, made this remark inÂ Lagos State recently while speaking on the state of the nation.
Edu particularly blamed the ruling party on the poor state of electricity supply inÂ the country.
According to him, â€œfailure to provide adequate electricity in the country has led toÂ massive closure of industries and this has made many industrious citizens of thisÂ country unemployed.
â€œThe situation has had a multiplier effect on the society with crimes on the rise.â€
Edu also spoke on the recent allegation made by Dr. Lamido Sanusi Lamido, theÂ Central Bank of Nigeria governor, that 25 per cent of Nigeria budget were expendedÂ on the salaries of the federal legislators, the situation he described unfortunate,Â as such huge percentage of budget could be on a few number of people in theÂ developing country like Nigeria.
The civil engineer urged Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman, Independent NationalÂ Electoral Commission, to avoid the repeat of what led to the nullification ofÂ elections in some states of the country.
He promised that if NDP is voted into offices in the coming elections, it wouldÂ improve on power situation in the country, reorganised the educational sector andÂ making it accessible, affordable and available to everyone.
It will also deal with the structural inbalance in the country as well as embark onÂ massive road construction and rehabilitation.
Edu advised the ruling party to combat the unemployment, as such is the only way ofÂ tackling the growing crime rate in the country.
Present at the meeting were the chairman of the party from the south west zone ofÂ the country.