PDP condemns Buhari’s silence at inauguration

***President overburdened by guilt

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to address Nigerians at the Presidential inauguration shows that the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), are overburdened by the guilt of the rigged Presidential election.

In a reaction to the lack of Presidential address at the event, the main opposition party said in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Wednesday that such also shows President Buhari’s insensitivity and the level of derision with which his handlers and party, the APC hold Nigerians, perhaps, given that the Presidential mandate they parade did not emanate from the people.

The PDP held that the failure by President Buhari and the APC to make any commitment at the ceremony reinforces the truism that a product of flawed electoral process cannot serve the people or meet their aspirations under a constitutional democracy.

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It added: “The poor attendance and passivity of the audience at the ceremony at a time that Nigerians were trooping, in their millions, to the inauguration of state governors elected on the platform of the PDP, manifestly show.

“It is indeed pathetic that at a ceremony such as Presidential inauguration, where truly elected leaders address their people, make commitments and unfold their governance direction, President Buhari did not showcase his plans or commitment to the development of critical sectors of our polity.

“It also speaks volumes that President Buhari had nothing to say to the victims of mindless killings and acts of violence in various parts of our country.

“Moreover, he had no directions toward stemming the economic distress under his administration, for which Nigerians are now resorting to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options.

In failing to address Nigerians, President Buhari turned the inauguration to a parody. The PDP, however, urges Nigerians to take solace in their determination to retrieve our stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal so as to entrench a leadership that can lead our nation out of her present predicament.”