PDP 'Buhari gave no inspiring answers to questions pertaining to his campaign promise'

The party used various adjectives such as, "unrepentant tyrant", that have been the subject of controversy to qualify the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Yesterday, December 31, 2015, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, has said that the statements made by President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC), during his maiden presidential chat are amongst other things,  undemocratic and having no regard for Nigerians generally and the rule of law.

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The party used various adjectives such as, "unrepentant tyrant", that have been the subject of controversy to qualify the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Quoting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), “Whilst we restate our respect for the person and office of the President, we note that President Buhari bared his true colours to the world as an unrepentant tyrant.

Today, the world is no longer in doubt as to who is behind the prevailing recklessness, abuse of rights of citizens and outright flouting of judicial pronouncements by security agencies.

A situation where the President openly pronounced persons facing trial guilty and sanctioned their continued incarceration despite being granted bail by the courts, presents a dangerous fascist practice obtainable only in totalitarian societies like Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, Idi Amin’s Uganda and General Than Shwe’s Burma.

This extremely shocking dictatorial tendency being brazenly exhibited by the President in total disdain for our laws and judicial institutions portend great danger for our democracy and constitutionally-guaranteed rights of the people, and should be resisted by the citizens before it festers."

 In the statement by Olisa Metuh, the PDP also expressed distaste over President Buhari's comments on the National assembly.

 “The scorn for the principle of separation of powers, especially the independence of the legislature, is further manifested in the declared craving to regulate the funding and running of the National Assembly, a matter constitutionally vested outside the jurisdiction of the executive.

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We are most uncomfortable about his attempt at trying to whip up public sentiments against an independent arm of government, especially the one vested with the constitutional power of appropriation.

Following from the foregoing, therefore, it may be necessary to suspend the application of our Constitution and allow the President to operate as maximum ruler for four years after which the nation can return to a democracy."

Addressing the issue of the Chibok girls, Metuh stated that President Buhari has failed on the matter, and that it is embarrassing, his comments on the whereabouts of the missing girls.

On the issue of the Chibok girls, President Buhari’s embarrassing declaration of seeking information on the whereabouts and state of the girls betrays an obvious insincerity which is in total conflict with his campaign promises in that regard.

Thus by this declaration, our dear President has accepted failure on this issue and should therefore apologise to Nigerians for all the insults, abuse and aspersions cast on the past administration by himself and the leadership of his political party.

Quoting the PDP further, “On the issue of devaluation of the naira, there is an obvious conflict between the budget speech wherein the president stated that the government is assessing the foreign exchange rate with a view to attracting foreign investments and his categorical pronouncement during the media chat that the naira would not be devalued. We invite Nigerians to note that the president obviously does not understand the currency that applies in the devaluation of the naira (laugh out loud).

Furthermore, Nigerians were shocked by the President’s labeling Nigerians as ‘very difficult lot’ while responding to questions on the strategy to be adopted in implementing his promised N5,000 social welfare package.

This unhealthy portrayal of the citizens by the very father of the nation, who has remained unrelenting in de-marketing his country through unguarded statements, is indeed a great disservice to Nigeria and its international image. Consequently, we reject this negative labeling of our citizens and reiterate our confidence in them, especially the millions who remain honest, hardworking and credible.

Finally, Nigerians must take copious note of the fact that the President gave no inspiring answers to questions pertaining to his campaign promise."

Reactions have been coming in, following the statement  made by the PDP.

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