- The PDP says there are plans to arrest National Assembly members who booed President Muhammadu Buhari recently
- Some opposition party members booed the president during the presentation of the 2019 budget proposal recently
- The PDP claimed that the presidency has directed security agencies to start compiling names of lawmakers who jeered the president to be arrested
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plans to arrest National Assembly members who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during the presentation of the 2019 budget proposal on Wednesday, December 19.
The claim was made by a spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Buba Galadima, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, December 23.
According to him, the presidency has directed security agencies to start compiling names of lawmakers who jeered the president to be arrested.
He noted that parliamentarians all over the world had booed and even pelted presidents and prime ministers, adding that the presidency will be breaching the rules of democracy if it carries out the arrest. He also explained that in Nigeria, lawmakers enjoy parliamentary privileges and can’t be prosecuted for actions taken on the floor.
His words: “We learnt under an impeccable authority that some of his close aides are meeting and taking names of those supposedly booed the president. Whether to frame them, either with EFCC or ask the police to invite them. I don’t know for what purpose.
“They can’t arrest any parliamentarian for booing the president on what he thinks is correct. That the president misrepresented what has happened in his or her constituency. They should be careful with what they are trying to do, because what they are planning to do, whether the president knows or he doesn’t know, will affect the 2019 general elections.
“He has no authority whatsoever, or his agents whether EFCC, ICPC, Police and DSS to accost any parliamentarian for having booed the president that read out on the floor of the National Assembly.”
Galadima also declared that “90% of the president’s claim in the budget were false, claiming that his reliance on false figures and facts in that budget proposal presentation has called his integrity to question.
“What the President read out as achievements were absolute falsehood, they were absolute misrepresentation of facts. By now, we must have seen that 90% of what he called achievement were rarely not true,” he said.
Meanwhile, PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the budget deliberately ignored and failed to address Nigeria's current realities.
According to Atiku, under the present government, investor confidence in the economy has waned like never before in Nigeria’s history.
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