The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has criticized the Federal Government’s approach in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. PDP claimed that the government’s approach was parochial and marred by corruption, nepotism, incompetence, and narrow-minded politics.
PDP who spoke through its spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday also said the Buhari led administration ignored wise counsels that could have helped fight the pandemic better. PDP criticism comes after the federal government called state governors for a solution to the pandemic after its officials failed to manage the spread of the virus.
PDP further accused the central government of muddling up the process which led to confusion across the country and a consequential spike in infection and fatality rates. It described the government’s call to the governors as coming rather very late in the day.
The statement said, “The Buhari Presidency rebuffed wise counsels and settled for a parochial response marred by corruption, nepotism, incompetence and narrow-minded politics, only to now turn to seek to transfer the brunt of its colossal failure to state governors.
“The PDP described the announcement by the National Coordinator of the failed Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, that state governments should now start taking ownership of the response, as an acceptance of failure by President Buhari, who failed to lead from the front but abdicated the task to incompetent and narrow-minded officials.
“The PDP noted that the poor handling of the COVID-19 response has further highlighted the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government’s lack of capacity to manage important national issues.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note that the three states, where the Buhari-led Federal Government took up the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, namely; Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states, had recorded very high statistics in infection and fatality rates compared to states where it was not involved.
“This shows that had President Buhari involved the states and allowed for a multilayered, people-based approach in the distribution of palliatives, development of therapeutics and implementation of protocols, the situation would have been better handled.
“Now that the Buhari Presidency has come to its wits end, our party urges governors elected on the platform of the PDP to assist their colleagues in the APC with information, strategies, and expertise, for an effective national response to the pandemic”.
The PDP, therefore, charged the administration to immediately give a detailed account of all funds and other resources it claimed to have spent, particularly on palliatives; a scheme the party said, had been exposed to be a huge scam.