- The PDP has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not being committed to true federalism
- The party said the presidency and the APC are desperately seeking public acceptance
- The main opposition party also advised the APC to stop posturing as if they truly have the mandate of Nigerians for a second tenure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop posturing as if they truly have the mandate of Nigerians for a second tenure.
The PDP in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Tuesday, May 14, accused the presidency of rigging the 2019 presidential election and trying to use another promise of true federalism to get legitimacy.
The party said the plan by the APC is dead on arrival, “as Nigerians are very much aware that he and his party, the APC, have never shown any commitment towards true federalism.”
The party said Nigerians have already bought into Atiku Abubakar’s blueprint for governance, particularly his manifest genuine commitment towards the implementation of true federalism “and cannot fall for empty promises by President Buhari and the APC.”
Part of the statement read: “President Buhari ought to have known that Nigerians have seen through APC’s empty promises and beguilement and as such, cannot jettison the presidential mandate they gave to Atiku Abubakar, who they know have the commitment and will power to implement true federalism in our country, when he retrieves his mandate at the courts.
“Nigerians have not forgotten how President Buhari in his 2018 New Year address, rejected the idea of restructuring, by declaring that “When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.”
“They can also recall how on June 9, 2017, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, in a Radio Nigeria (FRCN) interview programme, had stated that restructuring is not President Buhari’s priority.
“Nigerians can also recall how the Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on June 29, 2017, during an interview on Channels TV, denied that the APC promised restructuring and described Nigerians, who are taking his party to task on the issue, as “political opportunists and irresponsible” people.
“Our citizens have not forgotten “to hell with restructuring,” outburst of Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, a statement that captures the mindset of the totality of APC leaders towards true federalism and restructuring.”
The PDP advised the president's handlers, “to help him use the remaining part of this tenure to find solutions for the problems caused by his incompetent administration, instead of engaging in unnecessary acceptance shopping mechanisms for a rigged 2019 presidential election.”
The party said Nigerians are supporting its candidate, Atiku Abubakar in court, “and they look up to him for a transparent, honest and purposeful administration, committed to repositioning our nation, including building institutions that will engender true federalism, good governance, national cohesion and economic prosperity in our nation.”
Meanwhile, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has debunked media reports suggesting that he is on his way back to the APC.
The governor in a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase on Tuesday, May 14 said he has no reason or plans to leave the PDP.
“As leader of the party in the state, the governor enjoys a robust relationship with other PDP leaders and members at the state and national levels.
“The Benue electorate has also indicated clearly from the results of the last general election that the PDP remains their preferred political party. Governor Ortom always stands with his people and this, he will continue to do,” part of the statement read.
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