The Presidency has reacted to the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that President Muhammadu Buhari should resign. The President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, expressing the feelings of the presidency on the matter stressed that President Buhari will not throw in the towel, for he is determined to continue his fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Malam Shehu, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Friday said, the call by the PDP on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, for allowing audits and investigation into several agencies of government, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, clearly indicates that the party is gripped by an undemocratic pandemic and life-threatening sickness.
He stated further that the call by Uche Secondus, Chairman of the PDP, implies that Buhari should cover up fraud rather than probe such menace, which will be very absurd.
The spokesman also said, at a time when the whole world was coming together to tackle a common enemy, Nigeria's opposition party, the PDP, has launched a whirlwind campaign promoting undemocratic values.
In the statement, Garba said “Based on the statement issued by the embattled chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, it is clear that they would have liked the President to not investigate but to cover things up; to not wake the sleeping lion as voiced by another of their leaders.
“In a democracy, an opposition party is as critical to the system as the ruling party but in the case of Nigeria, the leading party in opposition is afflicted by a life-threatening sickness, the undemocratic pandemic as a result of which they are trading away the nation’s democratic values.
“President Buhari will not resign. He is determined to continue the crusade against corruption, both legacy and recently unearthed cases, that are found to be shabbily handled, and in some cases unattended to by past administrations.
“The National Assembly, by virtue of its right to conduct its oversight function is currently carrying out its own investigations. Additionally, the security and intelligence agencies are equally doing their part and must be given the time and space to conclude their work and present their reports.
“The PDP cannot scare the government from probing the grave allegations made against MDAs and their chiefs because failure to do so will amount to a historic betrayal of public trust.
“The PDP cannot subject Nigeria’s democracy to subterranean attacks and continue to pretend that they are well-meaning,” he said.
In relation, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has also reacted to the call. The APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, YekiniNabena, on Friday, said PDP had been enraged over impending mass defections set to hit the failed opposition party, stressing that no one expects the PDP to provide meaningful ideas on good governance going by their alleged inglorious past and antecedents.