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Reps Fracas: Result Of Buhari’s Leadership Failure –PDP

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 2:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwunmi –  Abuja


Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the crisis that engulfed the House of Representatives yesterday over the sharing of Principal Officers slots among the members. 

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP in a statement issued on the matter accused President Muhammadu Buhari of lacking democratic credentials which he would have employed to rein in his party members and prevent the imbroglio.

Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP-PDP National Publicity Secretary

Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP-PDP National Publicity Secretary055

According to him, the incident was a big “show of shame and national embarrassment” which he added “brings to question, Buhari and his party’s commitment to democracy, unity and the stability of the country”.

In faulting the president for the action of his party members,  Metuh further noted that the “disgraceful act is a direct consequence of President Buhari’s lack of democratic credentials to reign in his party to respect the independence and sanctity of the legislative arm of government, the very citadel of democracy, as enshrined in the nation’s constitution”.

He described as “barbaric” the moves made to attack Speaker Yakubu Dogara during the imbroglio.

“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.

The PDP in the statement by Metuh said what Nigerians witnessed in the House on Thursday “clearly underscores the fact 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.

It alerted that intelligence available to it shows that “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”.

The PDP said the fight in the chamber was a manifestation of a script given to the lawmakers.

“The dishonorable conduct from the unruly APC lawmakers in acting out the script did not come to it as a surprise given that they are bred and nurtured under a political platform that lacks discipline and thrives on violence as an unwritten manifesto.

“We state unequivocally that the onus lies on 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 PDP said the continued confusion in the APC-led government is a confirmation of its earlier stand that the APC lacks the capacity and democratic discipline to effectively steer the ship of nation and face the challenges of governance at the center.