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PDP tells Buhari to stop blackmailing the party

30 June 2015, 14:31

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party has said that no amount of intimidation, blackmail or propaganda by the Presidency will stop it from standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari should start the implementation of his campaign promises.

The party described the Presidency’s excuse of clearing the mess created by the past PDP administration was lame and diversionary.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, stated this in a statement he signed in Abuja on Monday.

Also read: Ribadu tasks PDP to be effective opposition

The party insisted that the non-appointment of ministers and aides by the President was creating loopholes through which it alleged that some persons claiming closeness to the President have infiltrated executive bodies, arm-twisting and conniving with unscrupulous elements in the bureaucracy to siphon the nation’s resources in the last 30 days.

The party was reacting to the claim by the Presidency on Sunday that President Buhari was busy clearing the mess created by the PDP in the last 16 years, adding that this was the reason for the delay in making some critical appointments.

However, Metuh said in his statement that his party would not in any way be cowed by threats and wild allegations by the Presidency into abdicating its responsibility of speaking out against the present wrongdoings as an opposition party.

He said, “The PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians were appalled by the response from the Presidency regarding our call for prayers to enable President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration to locate its bearing, compose a government and halt the prevailing stagnation with its huge negative impact on the system.

“Instead of addressing the issues raised, the Presidency descended to insults, abuses and innuendos, a stance which not only bears out the case made by the PDP but also raises questions about the capacity of this administration to shoulder the enormous responsibility of governance.”

Metuh said that the PDP expected the governing party to be serious about the fight against corruption by probing and persecuting anyone found to have corruptly enriched himself.

He said such fight must be holistic without considering the political party such an individual belongs to.

Metuh wondered whether the so-called clearing of mess was responsible for President Buhari’s inability after 90 days of winning an election to make up his mind on rudimentary appointments such as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff and his demand for 15 Special Advisers as approved by the PDP-controlled seventh Assembly since June 5, 2015.

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