Spokesperson for the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Festus Keyamo, has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party for the ongoing ASUU strike in the country.
Speaking in an interview on Trust TV’s Daily Politics on Monday August 15, Keyamo said ASUU is on strike because of the 2009 agreement signed by the Peoples Democratic Party-led government.
He claimed that between 1999 and 2015 when the PDP handed over to the ruling APC, ASUU was on strike 12 times, amounting to 900 days.
He said “The ASUU thing you are talking about. What is the problem of ASUU now? It’s the 2009 agreement signed by PDP government. They signed agreements with ASUU they couldn’t fulfill. We had to inherit those agreements and now struggling to renegotiate those agreements.
“Imagine how irresponsible a government can be when they went into agreements with ASUU and signed conditions that they couldn’t fulfill and that is why ASUU is on strike so let us tell Nigerians that ASUU is not on strike because APC signed an agreement with them. It was the PDP that signed the agreement.
“We are not shifting blame; we are going to tackle the problem. Between 1999 and 2015 when they handed over to the APC, ASUU was on strike 12 times. I have the statistics amounting to 900 days.”
Reacting to the claim, spokesperson for the (PDP) presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala, who appeared on Trust TV alongside Keyamo, said during the PDP government, there were constructive engagements between the parties when ASUU or any of the labour unions was on strike.