Presidency: PDP Poses Biggest Obstacle To Buhari’s Delivery Of Change
The Presidency, on Thursday, labelled the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the biggest obstacle to its delivery of good governance and change to Nigerians.
The presidency berated the PDP for its recent activities, saying the party has no business in the internal affairs of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The presidency was reacting to a recent statement issued by the PDP, where the party alleged disunity between President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party.
The PDP had said, “The Presidency’s continuous reference to a presidential successor, less than a year into President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure, is a direct acceptance of failure and lack of capacity of the Buhari administration to manage the affairs of a nation as complex as Nigeria.
It added, “President Buhari’s apprehensions that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will fizzle out before 2023 is also a weighty forewarning to Nigerians not to put any hope whatsoever in the APC.”
THE WHISTLER had reported that presidential aide, Femi Adesina, had s0aid Buhari would not handpick who would succeed him after completing his second term in 2023.
Adesina said this in response to Pastor Tunde Bakare who had asked Buhari to emulate the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa by “positioning” his likely successor before leaving office in order to “institutionalise systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria we desire.”
But responding to PDP’s claim of disunity in the APC, Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said it was surprising to see the party assuming the role of the president’s spokesman.
“What business do they have talking about alleged love lost between President Buhari and the APC? What do they know? Who sent them?” Shehu queried.
”Today, the PDP represents the single biggest obstacle to good governance and change that the country needs and the people are yearning for.
“Both self-respect and sound political judgement demand that the Party takes an introspective look at itself after two successive defeats in national elections, asking what went wrong and how to fix its battered image.
“They need to go back to the people, in towns and villages, to know what the people want and what the country needs. Instead of doing that, they are taking roles for themselves that are not mandated by law, morality or political gamesmanship,” he said.
Shehu added that, “As for the APC, the geographical expansion of the party is nothing short of a testimony to the rosy future that lies ahead. The party has come to stay, and the President and the country will ensure that this is achieved.”