Buhari more keen on party politics than governance ― PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chided the Muhammadu Buhari presidency for apparently showing more interest in party politics than the business of governance.

The party’s position followed a statement by the presidency that expressed President Buhari’s delight that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had “swept” the bye-elections conducted in parts of the country at the weekend.

In its reaction, the PDP in a statement issued in Abuja, on Monday, by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, argued that the president’s claim that his party had swept the polls was not only false but was another desperate measure to divert public attention from the government’s manifest failures.

The PDP mocked President Buhari for assuming the role of an emergency spokesman of the APC “in a bid to launder the image of the dying party.”

The main opposition party asserted that President Buhari has by this confirmed that he has indeed become a lame-duck president, having abdicated his presidential responsibilities of securing the nation and managing the economy to issuing press statements for APC and struggling for media space, as spokesperson and image launderer of the party.

The PDP added: “Perhaps Mr President’s handlers ought to have informed him that out of the six senatorial bye-elections, the PDP freely swept three in free, fair and credible contests, while the APC only muscle the other three in polls that were marred by manifest irregularities and rigging.

“Moreover, the PDP is in a clear lead in Zamfara where the INEC returning officer, Prof. Ibrahim Magatawa, openly betrayed the plot between INEC and APC to allocate votes for the APC and rig the Bakura State Constituency bye-election.

“The shameful enterprise witnessed in Zamfara only goes to further confirm how the APC rigged isolated bye-elections in Katsina, Kogi, Borno and Lagos where INEC officers were used to allocate fictitious figures away from the genuine ballots cast, which placed the PDP in a clear lead.

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“Such resort to rigging by the APC only confirmed its heightened unpopularity given the failures of its administrations both at federal and state levels, including wrecking our economy and pampering terrorists, bandits and kidnappers who are ravaging our communities and murdering our compatriots in the most vicious manner.

“Indeed, no well-meaning Nigerian can truly support such a corrupt party and incompetent government that have not only failed but has also roundly betrayed our nation looted our treasury, destroyed our pride as a country and brought so much hardship and suffering to the people in a space of five years.

“It is indeed appalling that at a time Nigerians expect Mr President to frontally tackle the escalated insecurity under his incompetent watch, particularly in dealing with the recent massacre in Borno state, he is more interested in praise-singing of a party that has been rejected by Nigerians.

“Such dereliction of duty is a direct spat on the victims of mindless killings in our country and an insult on the generality of suffering Nigerians.

“As a party, the PDP asserts that since Mr President has demonstrated his preference for party politics above governance, he should take a crash course on party spokesmanship, relocate to the APC national secretariat to join Alhaji Mai Bala Buni and leave governance for more capable and competent hands to pilot the affairs of our nation.”

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