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  • Updated: May 26, 2024

PDP, LP, others score Tinubu low as President marks one year in office

PDP, LP, others score Tinubu low as President marks one year

As the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration rolls out activities to mark its first year anniversary, opposition parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Labour Party, LP, and analysts have scored it low on performance.

Nigeria's main opposition party, the PDP said it does not see anything good to cheer about the one year in office of President Tinubu.

Faulting claims by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that President Tinubu had done very well and that Nigerians would rate him highly, the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Umar Damagum, described the first year stewardship of the president as ‘an abysmal failure’.

Also assessing President Tinubu’s first year in office, the Deputy Chairman of the Labour Party, Ayo Olorunfemi, said the presidency was only deceiving Nigerians to think that President Bola Tinubu had done well in his first year in office.

Olorunfemi criticised the President and the APC, saying Tinubu’s administration had only taken citizens from ‘frying pan to fire’.

He said: “They have done well to themselves as a nuclear family. They are nuclear families. Nigeria is roasting in poverty, people can no longer feed, hopelessness has taken over the land, and anarchy is taking over. So, what is it that he has done? What is it that this government and its political party have done in the past nine years?

“They took us from frying pan to fire. That is exactly what they have done in the past nine years. I don’t think they have done anything good. They are just deceiving us, believing that Nigerians are fools.”

A public affairs analyst, Dr Emma Jimo, while assessing Tinubu’s administration in an interview with The PUNCH, highlighted the government’s failure to address basic needs despite promises of renewed hope.

He said: “Pick education, for example. The government is performing poorly. Maybe the highest point is the government taking responsibility to pay the backlogs of the previous government’s indebtedness to ASUU. Even at that, it is still poor. Aside from that, look at what binds all Nigerians together – the economy.

“This government is performing poorly on the standard of living. The cost of living has gone up astronomically. The measures put in place to run the economy have not been working. They failed woefully, and they are still failing.”

Another analyst, Dr Anthony Ahmedu, said that the current administration had disappointed Nigerians with its performance in one year, adding that it had continuously made poor decisions that were rejected by the citizens.

The academic said: “I had believed the Tinubu-led government would be able to take Nigeria to a greater height from the mess the previous administrations left us, looking at his (Tinubu’s) experience in politics, and especially his role in Lagos State. But to my utmost disappointment, the current administration has not met expectations at all.

“Economy wise, especially, because I felt he was coming in with the economic idea of Lagos, and should be able to help the economy of Nigeria. But, he has not been able to do so in any way. We can see how unstable the naira has been. We have also seen some wrong decisions taken, such as naira devaluation and subsidy removal.”

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