How PDP was carried away by Buhari’s rumoured wedding with Farouk – Presidency – Daily Post Nigeria

The Presidency on Sunday attacked the Peoples () saying the party went missing and abdicating its responsibility to the nation on recent national issues.

, the Senior to the on and publicity said this in a statement on Sunday.

Garba pointed out that the opposition completely went missing last week during the reintroduction of anti-sexual legislation in the and 2020 Budget presentation by President to the .

He said that rather than concentrate on national issues, the PDP was carried away by fake of President ’s rumoured wedding to one of his ministers.

The missing of the opposition and failure to hold the to account, he said, was dereliction of duty.

He said, “Last week, the ’s reintroduced anti- legislation to parliament, following a exposé by the of a for grades at the University of .

“The bill had been tabled before – in 2016 – but it was not passed: some members of our party, working with the opposition, then stronger in numbers than today, blocked it.

“This around, has been no such attempt by the opposition , PDP, to scupper the legislation. We cannot tell whether they remain opposed to it, for they have been too busy to the 200 million citizens of Nigeria know. Instead, last week – whilst this matter was in the Senate, and the Federal Budget following our February General , was being tabled before the – the opposition’s full attention was elsewhere: on the affairs of the President, who we were told by the , was to marry in to one of his cabinet ministers.”

According to him, the menace of is not to Nigeria

“The interminable nonsense of fake news is hardly unique to Nigeria. In the , – indeed across much of the democratic – we see waves of falsehoods and untruths peddled across and mainstream media.

“It has led to and the press to become less trusted than almost any or estate. Yet elsewhere, whether the fake emanate from governments or oppositions, neither have sought to abdicate their unique responsibilities in the of .”

Speaking further on the opposition, he said “In Nigeria, the opposition is close to reneging completely on the compact it holds with the voters. Every exists for its checks and balances. Voters elect a government to govern but they also elect an opposition – to oppose, to scrutinise, and to hold the majority to account.

“In the absence of either weight or counterweight, the scales of democracy become imbalanced. This cannot continue for without the full functioning of governance being affected.

“Whether citizens voted for President Buhari and the Progressives (), or for the opposition’s and his ’s Democratic Party (PDP), no one voted for failure.

“They may have voted differently on and , but regardless of a voter’s choice of candidate and party, for their vote they expect responsibility. No voter expected, nor wanted, the opposition somehow to simply missing. But that, effectively, is what they have done.

“Immediately after the February election that saw President Buhari re-elected to a second four-year term, and his APC secure a workable majority both in the Senate and House, the PDP went to to challenge the result.

“The world over election losers towards “lawfare” once they have lost the campaign battle in the . None can begrudge the PDP their day in court: yet it was never in doubt that they would to persuade the judiciary to overturn President Buhari’s 4 million votes and 14 percent margin of victory over his opponent.

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