Osinbajo is a mere figurehead - PDP attacks acting president
- The opposition party PDP has accused Acting President Yemi Osinbajo of not taking charge of government
- The party described the acting president as a mere figurehead
- It also claimed a cabal is in charge of the government
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, saying he is not in charge of the government but a mere figurehead.
President Muhammadu Buhari duly handed over power to Osinbajo before he embarked on his UK trip for medical treatment but the PDP insists that Osinbajo was not in power and that the government was being run by a cabal.
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The Punch reports that Dayo Adeyeye who is the spokesperson of the PDP spoke on Sunday, August 13, where he said if Osinbajo was truly in charge, he would have assigned portfolios to the two ministers that were sworn in more than two weeks ago.
Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi state and Mr. Suleiman Hassan from Gombe state were sworn in after weeks of delay but have not been assigned portfolios yet.
Adeyeye said: “The Acting President is not in charge of the country. He is not in charge of anything. This is why nothing is moving forward.
“How do you explain a situation where two of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from the people and the National Assembly have not been assigned portfolios?
“He is not in charge. He is a mere figurehead and cannot do anything. The cabals are still in charge. That is why nothing is moving forward in this country.
“The two ministers are just idle. They have no offices, nowhere to resume to and nothing to do. What is the essence of their being sworn in then? They are ministers without portfolios.
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“It is a constitutional breach on the side of the government because each state ought to have a minister each. Now, these two states had been without ministers for long and after you reluctantly appointed them, you refused to give them offices.”
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared that unless Nigerian youths come out to contest elective positions, old generation politicians would not quit the stage for them.
Punch reports that the former president spoke on Saturday, August 12, in Abeokuta, Ogun state, at the Youth Governance Dialogue organised to mark International Youth Day 2017.
Obasanjo, however, was quick to add that the youth who would occupy leadership positions in the country must have carved a niche for themselves through hard work.
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