Monday, Apr 19th 2021 12:03 AM

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Buhari is afraid to face parliament – Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has described as shameful, the decision of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to cancel his scheduled visit to the National Assembly.

He expressed disappointment that the President, a retired general of the Nigerian Army, was “afraid” to appear before parliament to discuss the issue of security. Secondus said this at a media briefing to commemorate his third year in office, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The party chairman also said it was too early to discuss the party’s 2023 zoning arrangement because the Governor Bala Mohammed-led committee was still studying factors responsible for PDP’s 2019 electoral defeat. Secondus said, “This back and forth from the President on a vital issue as security that is overwhelming our nation underscores our position as an opposition party that nobody is in charge and that this is a broken government.

“Disregarding the nation’s parliament is disregarding the Nigerian people because they are representatives of the people. The truth which is worrisome is that the President either does not know what is happening or does know what to do otherwise he should not be afraid to face the people.”

On the issue of zoning, he said, “We can’t be talking of zoning when we have not appraised how we fared in the last election. Moreover, the state of the nation today is such that politics or anything concerning 2023, which is three years away, should take backstage. Nigeria is in a comatose state today where APC brought it, that should be our concern now.”

When contacted, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabana said, “Our party aligns with the position of the Attorney General of the Federation on the issue of the House invitation to Mr. President.”

“The PDP should know that Nigerians have rejected and will keep rejecting the PDP because they now know the difference between 16 years of waste and corruption and the five years of purposeful leadership by the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government,” Nabana further said.

Source: The Punch

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