Buhari operating from abroad, testimony of APC impunity ― South-West PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South-West Zone, on Wednesday, castigated President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Bill while on a private visit to the United Kingdom, saying impunity reigns under Buhari.

This was contained in a statement issued by the party in the zone and signed by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr Ayo Fadaka, who described the development as a testimony of the impunity of the Buhari led administration in the country and described it as unhealthy for the nation’s democracy.

The PDP, who stated that the action of the President was an abuse of office, said the affairs of the country should not be taken along to the President’s sickbed in the United Kingdom.

The party also condemned those who supported the President signing the bills outside the shore of the country and stated “that the action of President Buhari to sign a bill into law in faraway Britain is inexcusable and insulting to the sensibilities of Nigerians and nothing on earth can excuse or justify it.

“The opinion expressed by some APC leaders that the President can work from anywhere, with due apologies to them and their status, is both patronizing and idiotic as far as signing a bill into law is concerned, this is because such laws are to be enforced within the boundaries of our nation which certainly does not extend to everywhere.

“The President can only work from anywhere when he is pursuing diplomatic and bilateral relations on behalf of the nation.

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“It is not right for President Buhari to drag the nation to his sickbed in the UK, that is why the Constitution made a provision for a Vice President, Nigeria cannot be restricted to the whims and caprices of anybody, irrespective of his/their privileged positions.

“It is now common knowledge that memos from the office of the Vice President is now subjected to the superintendency of the President’s Chief of Staff, that is an outright abuse of privilege.

“Nigerians expect the Buhari Presidency to work assiduously in the interest of our nation and vastly revamp our economy which they destroyed with their naive policies since 2015 and not to prosecute little wars when they should be working for the nation.”

The PDP, South-West zone, also frowned over the summary dismissal of the petition of the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the last election, and the party by the Supreme Court without hearing.

It describing the action as strange to the constitutional provisions of the country.

“We take due notice of the fact that President Buhari has again embarked on another of his undeclared medical tourisms to the United Kingdom and has obviously taken along with him to his sickbed the affairs of the Nigerian nation, this is sad.

“Nigeria is a nation of virile people whose fortunes have completely been destroyed in the Buhari years with petty attitudes of this nature.

“We take serious views of developments in our nation these past few days beginning with the whimsical summary dismissal of the petition of our Presidential Candidate and Party’s petition by the Supreme Court without a hearing, an action that is inconsistent with constitutional provisions and now this new odious signing into law of a bill by our President in a foreign land as symptoms of an emerging dictatorship that is waiting to blossom.

“These developments must serve as a wakeup call to all patriots that there is indeed fire on the mountain, thus immediate beginning of eternal vigilance to rescue our democracy from the vice grips of power-hungry appointees of the President working in cahoot with him is now essential.

“While we are absolutely uninterested in the unhealthy developments within the Presidency which is fast developing into a schism, we declare that Nigerian nation and its interests far surpasses the immature and pedestrian scheming of the President and his cabal,” the party stated.

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