- The presidency has said the PDP is not serious over their comment about President Buhari and Osagie Ize-Iyamu
- According to the presidency, the PDP has no moral standing to criticize neither Buhari nor the APC
- Recall that the PDP had criticised Buhari for endorsing Ize-Iyamu
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The criticism against President Muhammadu Buhari by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his endorsement of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as Edo state governorship candidate has been met with an equally strong response from the presidency.
A media aide to the president, Garba Shehu, said the PDP has no moral ground to question the president's stance on corruption, Channels TV reports.
The presidency lamented that the PDP which has been struggling to clear its name from alleged deals with the underworld in Dubai and the United States is now attacking the anti-corruption war of the Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP had claimed that Buhari's endorsement is a dent on the government’s war against corruption.
Going further, Shehu said the PDP has forgotten its own history and antecedents.
He asked the PDP to first withdraw the governorship nominations it gave to Ahmadu Fintiri and Bala Mohammed of Adamawa and Bauchi states before it can criticize the president on his endorsement of Ize-Iyamu.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a suit has been filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Ize-Iyamu, from contesting in the Edo governorship election.
The suit which was filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP), alleged that Gani Audu, the deputy governorship candidate of the APC presented forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The ADP said there were glaring discrepancies in the academic qualifications and other means of identification in the documents submitted by Gani Audu.
The party argued that the running mate is not qualified to contest the election and should be disqualified by the court.
A spokesperson for the party, Adelaja Adeoye on Sunday, August 9, confirmed that the court action was filed over Audu’s alleged certificate discrepancies.
“For us to have good governance and good leaders in any part of this country, those contesting elections, must present authentic qualifications, as required by the electoral umpire INEC, anything contrary must be challenged at the court," Adeoye was quoted saying by the newspaper.
The party said the deputy governorship candidate swore to an affidavit submitted to INEC with his name as Audu Abudu Ganiyu, but his other documents bear conflicting names.
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