The PDP also said that the mayhem was ‘a direct consequence of President Buhari’s lack of democratic credentials’.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned legislators who engaged in a free-for-all on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
The PDP also said that the mayhem was ‘a direct consequence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s lack of democratic credentials’.
This was contained in a statement released on Thursday by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.
Metuh stated that “the barbaric attempt to physically assault a duly elected Speaker, seize the mace, the authority of the House, is a direct attack on the Nigerian parliament which embodies the supremacy of the people and our freedom as a democratic nation”.
He said further that the crisis simply showed that the APC has exhausted its excuses and has now imported its internal contradictions into an independent arm of government as a way to further cover its lack of ideas for governance.
According to Metuh, “the brawling APC lawmakers ostensibly acted on instructions from the Presidency, an obvious indication that President Buhari is largely an interested party whose involvement is beyond mere body language”.
“We state unequivocally that the onus lies on President Buhari to ensure that all democratic institutions are harnessed for effectiveness, a responsibility he has apparently abdicated by allowing his personal interest to instigate division in the parliament, a tendency that poses great threat to the survival of our democracy and the stability of the nation,” the statement read.
“If a party that has since March 28, 2015 when it got its victory, about 90 days ago, cannot resolve a basic issue of selecting its leadership in the National Assembly, clearly, their competence for national governance comes to question,” it added.