Amid ongoing public scrutiny of the just-released campaign manifesto of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Obi ahead of the 2023 general elections, renowned lawyer and political activist, Dele Farotimi has come out to react to the allegations leveled against the former Anambra governor by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as regards the origin of the document.
Recall that shortly after Obi’s long-awaited manifesto hit the public domain a few days ago, Tinubu’s camp put out a statement in which it described the document as a “regurgitation of the APC campaign manifesto”. Going further, the statement insisted that some of the solutions provided in Obi’s policy document were exact replicas of the actions already being taken by the Buhari regime in tackling the country’s myriad challenges.
Reacting to the APC’s statement during an interview on Voice Of the People (VOP) FM on Wednesday morning, Farotimi, who is a Spokesman for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, accused the ruling party of pointing accusing fingers at his candidate who is providing a clear plan on how to salvage a country that has been brought to ruins under its watch.
Going further, the renowned activist opined that if any political party should be talking about campaign manifestos, it should be the APC because the ones it published in the run-up to the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections were eventually disowned by their candidate when he got into office.
He said; “It is rather ironic that the APC has superintended the most ruinous period in the life of this country. It is very sorry that these are the same people who are complaining and pointing fingers at a manifesto over which considerable work and ideological argument, and planning took place. They are complaining about the phrase ‘action plan’, who presented the action plan? This is lip-speaking of the most ludicrous level.
And when you are done looking at the persons making these allegations, let us now look at the reality of what they have bestowed on Nigerians. We have had 7 going on 8 years of an APC administration running, or should I say ruining Nigeria. They’ve destroyed this country almost beyond repair and they have the gall to even presume to criticize a manifesto that has been put together with the hope of being able to repair Nigeria.”
You can watch Dele Farotimi’s remarks on VOP FM below: