- PDP lawmakers have been urged to boycott 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari
- The call was made by the Coalition of United Political Parties and the Peoples Democratic Party
- It urged them to boycott the presentation as a show of resentment and condemnation of Buhari’s alleged three years’ reign of impunity, non-implementation of past budgets
Ahead of 2019 budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari slated for Wednesday, the Coalition of United Political Parties and the Peoples Democratic Party has urged the leadership and members of the National Assembly to boycott the presentation.
In a statement by Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP's national spokesperson, the coalition said the lawmakers should boycott the exercise as a show of resentment and condemnation of Buhari’s alleged three years’ reign of impunity, non-implementation of past budgets and abuse of state institutions, Punch reports.
“The opposition coalition holds the view that sitting down and listening to a man who has led several assaults on the institutions of our nation’s constitutional governance is tacit support for his many sins against our nation,” CUPP stated.
Going further, CUPP stated: “Our call for the heroic, patriotic and courageous walkout/boycott of the 2019 budget presentation on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 is hinged on the following national interest based on economic and political reasons; refusal by President Buhari to substantially implement previous budgets from 2015 to 2018 which led to rise in poverty, waste and sufferings of Nigerians; refusal to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill that will guarantee free and fair elections, reduce rigging and avert bloody electoral contests; inflicting poverty on Nigerians as a result of incompetence and prompt leadership action; and the sudden rise in Boko Haram activities, armed robbery and bloody violence across Nigeria.”
However, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege secretary of the Parliamentary Support Group, criticised the coalition.
“I believe that the call is very irresponsible. I do not expect any right-thinking legislator elected by his or her people, who is supposed to carry out their constitutional duty of receiving Mr President to make the presentation, will stage a walkout. It will be most irresponsible of any legislator to heed to that irresponsible call from any group.
“Mr President is coming to carry out his constitutional function. People need to understand that we were elected and not answerable to CUPP. We all have our political parties.
“If you tell me that it is the Peoples Democratic Party that is asking their Senate or House of Representatives’ members to do that, I can understand. Even at that, I don’t expect any right-thinking elected senator or House of Representatives member to heed the call and boycott Mr president as he lays the budget. That will be very irresponsible,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) pulled out of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which recently endorsed Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This is contained in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Mohammed Alfa, in Abuja explaining that he decision was taken at the national working committee meeting of the party in Abuja.
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