From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger state government yesterday called on the people of the state to dismiss All Progressives Congress’ (APC) criticism of the recent cabinet reshuffle by the Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.
It described the allegations by the opposition party as not only false and baseless but callous.
Reacting to APC’s allegation that last week’s cabinet shake-up was carried out for political expediency, the state’s Commissioner of Information, Communications and Strategy, Danladi Ndayebo described the party’s statement as careless, provocative and contemptuous.
Ndayebo wondered why the APC would want to cast aspersion on the integrity of the PDP led government in the state over a cabinet reshuffle that was carried out to reposition the executive council for optimal performance.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the decision to re-jig the composition of the executive council was premised on the need to reposition the cabinet for efficiency and effectiveness anchored on the state’s vision to become one of the top three most developed state economies in the country,” Ndayebo said in a statement.
“We only hope that the unnecessarily aggressive statement by the APC at a time the state is trying to make unprecedented progress is not a confirmation of our fear that the APC is pursuing a political objective of discrediting the government at all costs,” the statement added.
On the performance of the PDP government, Ndayebo said the opposition must be blind not to notice Governor Aliyu’s achievements.
The statement advised APC to criticise the government constructively rather than engaging in cheap shots and meaningless diatribe.