PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP,
yesterday declared the fracas in the
House of Representatives as a show of
shame and national embarrassment.
The opposition party accused
President Muhammadu Buhari of bias
in the National Assembly crisis, adding
that it questioned his All Progressives
Congress, APC’s commitment to
democracy, unity and the stability of
the country.
PDP said the disgraceful act was
a direct consequence of President
Buhari’s lack of democratic credentials
to reign in his party to respect the
independence and sanctity of the
legislative arm of government, the very
citadel of democracy, as enshrined in
the nation’s constitution.
PDP national publicity secretary,
Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement said:
“Ehe 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.”
The party said what Nigerians
witnessed in the House on Thursday
clearly underscored 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 showed 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 dishonourable
conduct from the unruly APC
lawmakers in acting out the script did
not come to it as a surprise, given that
they were bred and nurtured under a
political platform that lacked discipline
and thrives on violence as an unwritten
“We state unequivocally that the
onus lies on President Buhari to
ensure that all democratic institutions
are harnessed for effectiveness, a
responsibility he has apparently
abdicated by allowing his personal
interest to instigate division in the
parliament, a tendency that poses great
threat to the survival of our democracy
and the stability of the nation.”
The PDP said the continued
confusion in the APC-led government
was 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 centre.
“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 PDP, however, applauded
Speaker Yakubu Dogara for
his comportment especially his
statesmanlike remarks after the
unfortunate incident and urged him
to continue to display maturity and
not yield any ground in his duties
to protect the independence of the