A Concise Comparison Of The APC And PDP Administration.
A comparative study of the PDP and APC administration may not be necessary for the fact that the PDP administration lasted for 16 years compared to the APC’s nascent administration that have just spanned 6 years. However, it is necessary to do a side by side check of the activities of the two administrations especially as the journey to 2023 has begun earnestly.
The comparison shall be done upon the following indices;
SECURITY: Under the PDP, The escalation of terrorist activities is the gravest security challenge that faced Nigeria. Particularly worrisome is the activities of the Boko Haram, which seeks to impose Islamic law in Nigeria. Since stepping up its activities in 2009, the group has killed over 18,000 people and displaced about 1.5 million people stretching down to the APC’s administration.
The security threatening activities of the Niger-Delta avengers in the south south and that of the OPC and MASSOB’s in the Southwest and south east respectively in the latter part of the PDP’s administration in a way discredited their administration and made people demanded for necessary change at the time.
The Chibok girls kidnap of 2014 further heightened tension which the APC took advantage of, to drive home their aspiration.
As for the Buhari led APC administration, insecurity is the greatest challenge facing the country. Since the return to democracy in 1999, traditional security threats such as violent conflicts, militancy, armed robbery and kidnapping have assumed worrisome dimensions in Nigeria but it leapt beyond expectation under this administration. Evolving threats such as insurgency and terrorism have further complicated the situation.
Banditry, activities of ravaging Fulani herdsmen and most especially terrorism has bedevilled the current administration. Agitations of secession is on the rise from the South East and South West respectively leading to blood letting and constant assassination.
The activities of kidnappers and killer bandits at Katsina, Zamfara, Yobe, Plateau and Kaduna is more than normal. Especially the break into The National Defense Academy.
Insecurity in the two tenures are bad but much worse under the APC.
However, this is not to say that they both didn’t record massive wins in the fight against insecurity.
DEBT PROFILE: Nigeria’s total debt as of June 30, 2015 stood at N12.12 trillion. So, when Muhammadu Buhari took over as President, the country’s debt portfolio was N12.12 trillion. By December 31, 2020, the country’s debt portfolio had risen to N32.92 trillion. The most recent statistics from the DMO, covering the first quarter of 2021, showed that the debt portfolio had increased to N33.10 trillion.
CITIZEN’S WELFARE: Under the PDP, prices of things were less compared to the present. Corruption was massive but people can afford to eat three square meals.
Dollar was around 180, fuel was 97 naira and yet citizens felt that enough wasn’t done and thus demanded change.
Five years into Buhari’s presidency, public trust in the Nigerian government appears to be in decline alongside a growing perception of lacking political inclusion. This is hardened by negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic, and a sense of undelivered political promises, which underscore the importance of collective buy-in for the country’s development aspirations.
Since March 28, 2015 when APC won the presidential election after a keen contest in which it defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Nigerians had expected that the change promised during the campaign was certainly going to transform Nigeria and the social welfare programme came in handy.
However, the expectation of the Nigerian populace seems to have hit the rock as things are getting worse on daily basis with prices of things getting highly exorbitant coupled with a massive skyrocket and inflation of food prices across the country.
Comparably, the welfare of Nigerians citizens is like a forward-backward situation. Fair atimes and bad a times .
Regardless, Nigerians are still hoping for the best to come.
There are so much areas to compare the both administration, the positives and negatives.
Hopefully at the end of APC’s tenure if they are privileged to rule for 16, enough comparison would be done on both sides to ascertain which of the party has been fair to Nigerians.