Former Interim Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State, Richard Kpodo, has criticized politicians demanding for the second coming of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He described such people as illiterate and paid toadys, claiming that the call was an attempt to bring back corruption and bad governance.
Kpodo, who is a leader of the APC, also absolved President Muhamadu Buhari of any blame in the nation’s current economic recession, insisting that the ongoing fight against corruption and economic policies of the present administration would position Nigeria for prosperity.
In a statement in Yenagoa on Monday, Kpodo, who was the former Security Adviser in the state, argued that despite a drastic fall in oil prices, the Buhari administration had forged ahead and returned stolen funds belonging to states to assist in paying salaries of workers.
He also said the current administration had embarked on developmental projects, noting that “Buhari’s giant strides” were traits strange to Jonathan’s government.
Kpodo said, “Jonathan’s administration was corrupt and he has enjoyed cover-up from political jobbers.
“The Obasanjo administration earned N17trn from crude oil sales within eight years and left behind $45bn external reserves and $3.348bn external debt.
“Late President Umaru Y’Adua grew the reserves to $64bn within just one year and the administration was able to finance 15 months of imports despite the 2008/2009 global economic meltdown.
“Hence, Nigeria survived the meltdown because of the political will of Yar’Adua administration to save.
“Despite the tough economic reality at that time, Yar’Adua left $47.7bn in reserves and an external debt of $3.94bn. Meanwhile, the administration earned only N9trn from crude oil sales within that short period.”
“The Goodluck Jonathan administration witnessed an oil boom when Brent crude sold for over $100 per barrel, with the regime earning N51trn within a period of five years.
“But because of corruption, the administration did not only squander the oil revenue but even depleted the reserves.
“The same Brent crude sold for as low as $35 per barrel at a point shortly after Buhari took over power and had only managed to climb to about $48 just recently.
“That was how he left Bayelsa indebted before handing the state over to Chief Timipre Sylva.”