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APC ‘Party brought Nigerians change to madness, poverty,’Babatope says

Babatope, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the comment during a recent interview.

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Chief Ebenezer Babatope

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Former minister of transport, Ebenezer Babatope has said that the change brought by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is one of madness and poverty.

Babatope, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the comment during a recent interview with The Sun.

Excerpts below:

Change to madness

We were promised change and change before the elections but is this the change we are going to have? This is change to madness. This is change to poverty; I do not know how to describe it. I want to appeal to you journalists to help us tell them that Nigerians are suffering.

I hate comparing people or parties. It is true I belong to the PDP and they belong to the APC but the truth is that we are not having it easy at all. “They said they are fighting corruption, what is the level of corruption now? How does it affect the ordinary man in Nigeria?

It is a pity with what is happening in Nigeria today. I cannot explain it. I have been inundated with many, many calls from people who are really suffering. I must tell you that the state of the nation today is very bad. The other day, President Muhammadu Buhari was apologizing to Nigerians; apologizing to Nigerians for what? It is a very terrible situation; please help us tell them. We can no longer bear this anymore.

On Goodluck Jonathan’s administration

Let us say that things were not as good under Jonathan’s administration but things were not as bad as this. As bad as the PHCN was under Jonathan, it would try and give us light during celebrations. During Jonathan’s time, no matter how bad the situation was, they would try and give Nigerians light.

They said Jonathan has battered the economy, who has not battered the economy? They said they have been fighting corruption taking N200 million, N300 million, N400 million and N500 million but where is the money. Where is the money going and what is the effect?

I am a member of the PDP and all of us said ok, go ahead with your fight against corruption but where is it leading us? I must tell you that it is a terrible situation. There is so much frustration in the land. They must stop making pretences.

There are many things wrong with the APC

The APC as a party did not sit down to plan their victory in a way that will make people know that actually, there had been a change. That is the issue. What we are having now is the noise about N200 million, N300 Million and all that on issues of corruption; fine, it is beautiful on paper but where does it lead us. Does it lead us to three square meals a day?

Look at the issue of fuel scarcity. You cannot even see fuel to buy to move from one place to the other. Look at the issue of power. There is no electricity. Honestly, it is annoying to hear the APC say that the PDP has destroyed the economy.


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