- The PDP has condemned some APC governors for abandoning their duties
- 10 governors of the ruling party had on Saturday, January 30, accompanied President Buhari to Daura for registration
- Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesperson of PDP, described the trip as the height of irresponsibility on the part of the governors
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Yoruba soico-political group, Afenifere, have expressed dismay that 10 governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress could abandon their state duties to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari to Daura in Katsina.
Punch reports that the president's visit to Daura was to revalidate his membership of their the APC in his hometown on Saturday, January 30.
Legit.ng gathered that the Senate president Ahmad Lawan was also part of President Buhari’s entourage.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, had disclosed that Buhari’s registration exercise in Daura was attended by the Senate president Ahmad Lawan; former Senate president, Ken Nnamani; 10 governors, including the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, who is the chairman of the APC caretaker committee, and other party stalwarts.
In its reaction, the PDP described the decision of the governors to accompany the president as the height of irresponsibility, describing the trip as a jamboree.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, said it beat the imagination that governors would abandon governance at a time of great insecurity and economic turmoil to embark on a jamboree.
“It is the height of irresponsibility. It beats the imagination that governors would abandon governance at a time of great insecurity and economic turmoil to embark on a jamboree.
“If they devote the kind of energy, they are devoting to chasing shadows in providing actual governance in their states, we will not be having the cases of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities which have become the norm rather than the exception today.
“Why would almost 10 governors abandon their states just to witness the president signing a register? When was the last time any of these governors inaugurated a project beneficial to their people? In case they are unaware, both the APC and the Buhari brand have been demystified by the woeful performance of this regime.”
Speaking on the Daura's trip, Afenifere said the governors merely displayed what it described as their idleness by embarking on the visit.
Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary of the group, told the newspaper that the governors were not busy in their respective states.
“The governors just displayed their idleness by abandoning their states to accompany the president to go and register for an old party. If they are gainfully engaged, they would not be available for such frivolity.”
A former member of the House of Representative, Junaidu Mohammed, also condemned the action of the governors, describing it as irresponsible.
Mohammed also said the APC had failed to show how a truly democratic party should be run.
“For him to go in the company of governors, leaving their states, is clearly irresponsible. It is not proper as they would use our resources, my tax and your tax for the needless trip.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported ahead of the next general elections, President Buhari said political aspirants would no longer be endorsed from Abuja.
It was reported that the president said this on Saturday, January 30, after he revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his constituency in Daura.