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Pulse Opinion Did APC provide FREE AKARA for Nigerians before Edo state election?

During 2015 election campaign, the APC promised to change Nigeria positively before its first-year anniversary.

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During 2015 election campaign, the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to change Nigeria positively before its first-year anniversary.

Free meals for school children to making N1 = $1, create three million jobs for the unemployed, pay N5000 to unemployed graduate, provision of uninterrupted power supply, and so on.

Over one year after taking over power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), only a few Nigerians still feel the present administration can still deliver on its campaign promises.

Buhari's campaign poster play

Buhari's campaign poster



Some electorates who voted the APC into power now deny that single fact with a long list of others who are presently regretting their actions.

The federal government has however blamed their poor performance on three issues - corruption and failure of previous administrations to save during the 'time of plenty'; fall in the price of crude and Niger Delta militancy.

Not to bore you with details of all that. On Monday, September 27, 2016, I saw an interesting picture online. If it had been with a PDP logo in Ekiti state, I would have swiped pass the photo without delay.

Like a typical advertisement, the message was direct and appealing. It read; "APC AKARA SPOT: FREE AKARA FOR ALL." For those who do not know, akara is the local name for a tasty snack, bean cake.

Man beats wife for praising Buhari play

Man beats wife for praising Buhari




Recently, Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing recently accused former president Goodluck Jonathan of providing stomach infrastructure for Nigerians.

“In Nigeria, the choices of yesterday make this winter a very harsh one for our people, because we did not invest in the right things. Our government of yesterday expressed its preference for providing ‘infrastructure of the stomach’, giving handouts instead of real infrastructure,” Fashola said according to ThisDay.

 “We did not invest in roads, highways, bridges, schools and hospitals. Money was taken out of the larger society and invested in private accounts. The economy began to shrink, construction companies laid off workers, who in turn lost income, which resulted in shrinking demand for goods and services, and in turn led to national under-productivity," the minister added.

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If the APC had accused the previous administration of providing stomach infrastructure instead of investing in roads, schools hospitals and bridges, then why has it turned around to provide 'Free Akara for all' Nigerians in Edo state'? Will the free 'akara' replace roads, schools, power, jobs and other campaign promises made by the APC? Or is this one of the palliative measures put in place by the federal government to cushion the effects of the current economic recession?

But, do you think the APC would go this far just to get the votes from electorates in the Edo governorship elections? Or could this be the handiwork of an opposition party?

Which ever the case, truth remains that Nigerians are tired of these promises. The earlier the APC begins to deliver on its promises to Nigerians, the better for the country and the party in subsequent elections.

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