Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned as a show of shame and national embarrassment, Thursday’s fracas by the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House of Representatives.
The party said the ugly development brings to question, President Muhammadu Buhari and his party’s commitment to democracy, unity and the stability of the country.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said “the barbaric attempt to physically assault a duly elected Speaker, seize the mace, the authority of the House, is a direct attack on the Nigerian parliament which embodies the supremacy of the people and our freedom as a democratic nation”.
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The party said what Nigerians witnessed in the House on Thursday clearly underscores the fact that the APC has exhausted its excuses and has now imported its internal contradictions into an independent arm of government as a way to further cover its lack of ideas for governance.
It alerted that intelligence available to it shows that “the brawling APC lawmakers ostensibly acted on instructions from the Presidency, an obvious indication that President Buhari is largely an interested party whose involvement is beyond mere body language”.
The PDP said the dishonorable conduct from the unruly APC lawmakers in acting out the script did not come to it as a surprise given that they are bred and nurtured under a political platform that lacks discipline and thrives on violence as an unwritten manifesto.
The PDP said the continued confusion in the APC-led government is a confirmation of its earlier stand that the APC lacks the capacity and democratic discipline to effectively steer the ship of nation and face the challenges of governance at the center.
“If a party that has since March 28, 2015 when it got its victory, about 90 days ago, cannot resolve a basic issue of selecting its leadership in the National Assembly, clearly, their competence for national governance comes to question”, the PDP stated.
The party commended all its members (past and present) in the House for their maturity and dignifying conduct in line with the ideals of its founding fathers on democracy built on peace and unity.
- News 24