The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly breaching the constitution by submitting two versions of the 2016 budget.
The opposition party called on the National Assembly to thoroughly investigate the shameful act, including the distortion and bandying of figures by the Presidency to accommodate their personal interest and ensure that appropriate sanctions is meted to whoever has a hand in the dubious action that has brought embarrassment to the legislative body.
The Senate on Thursday identified the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, as being behind the doctoring and circulation of fake copies of the 2016 budget proposals.
The Senate, therefore, vowed not to work on the fake budget proposals allegedly circulated by Enang until it receives an electronic copy of the budget document, which will be reproduced for senators.
Reacting to the indictment of a senior presidential aide by the Senate in the controversy surrounding the budget, the acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, called for the impeachment of President Buhari.
In a statement, Secondus noted that the opposition party arrived at this decision after rising from a meeting on Thursday.
The party also asked the Ministers of Finance (Kemi Adeosun) as well as her Budget and National Planning counterpart (Udo Udoma) to resign “having failed to provide the much needed capacity in the management of the nation’s economy resulting in the embarrassing crashing of the nation’s currency to as low as N305 to a dollar”.
Not done, the PDP called for the immediate resignation of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, for “plunging the country’s currency policy into chaos; an action that has thrown investors into total confusion”.
The party further “admonished the government to stop pretending that it knows what to do when feelers from the seat of power shows clearly that Nigerians by voting for APC have just discovered they boarded a one chance bus.
“We sympathize with Nigerians who are seriously undergoing terrible hardship because of the now obvious inept leadership of APC despite the promise of one Naira to a dollar.
“What hope can a government that allows its currency to break a 43 year old record crashing to over N300 to one dollar offer and yet does not show it has clear focus of what to do?”
The party said that “APC government rather than address very grievous national issues created by its lack of capacity to govern, has instead resorted to violation of peoples’ rights in the name of fighting corruption”.
On the continued detention of its spokesman – Olisa Metuh – for nearly 10 days by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the PDP insisted that the action is a clear breach of fundamental Human rights and reiterated its earlier call on the commission to release him unconditionally with immediate effect”.
The party further called on all lovers of democracy especially the international community to note the fact that rule of law and respect for citizens’ rights, essential ingredients of civil liberty have taken flight in Nigeria under President Buhari’s watch.