- Demands arrest of presidency officials
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the rebuttal of the claim by the presidency that the family of human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr, conferred an award on President Muhammadu Buhari as a national disgrace and embarrassment.
In a statement issued by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, thursday PDP said the lie by President Buhariâ€™s handlers smacks of desperation by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to procure international endorsement ahead of the 2019 general election.
The main opposition party said the embarrassing act has again made our country a laughing stock before the international community.
The party said the country was jolted when the King Centre distanced itself from the award and noted that â€œthe award given to President Buhari of Nigeria was not given by The King Centre, at the request of The King Centre or by the children of Martin Luther King jr.â€
â€œIt is now clear that this sinking, incompetent and deceptive APC administration, in their desperation, can fabricate and stage-manage anything, including name-dropping of international figures and agencies, in their desperate attempt to delude Nigerians, once again, now that the 2019 general election is fast approaching.
â€œNigerians have discovered that having failed to gain any endorsement from reputable international figures such as Bill Gates, the APC and the presidency have now cheapened the country by resorting to this despicable act of name-dropping of world-renowned human right activist, Dr. Martin Luther King jr, further dragging down our once sterling image before the comity of nations.â€
PDP said the fact remains that not many Nigerians believed in the authenticity of the award in the first place, as the Buhari-led administration, by its undemocratic and anti-people proclivities, including records of violations of rights of citizens, is not deserving of any form of recognition by any human rights group, let alone the family of the world-acclaimed Martin Luther King jr.
â€œToday, the PDP has been vindicated in its stand that the APC government is not only hypocritical but overtly deceptive and must not be trusted.
â€œIt would be recalled that we had issued a statement, earlier this year, cautioning Nigerians and the international community to be wary of information and claims coming from the APC and the Presidency, particularly on endorsements and performances indices.
â€œWhile we urge the presidency to shed its proclivity for lies, we demand the immediate arrest, investigation and prosecution of all the presidency officials involved in this messy scandal and crime against our nation.
â€œMoreover, the presidency and the APC should save the nation further embarrassment by jettisoning other planned endorsement stunts and fabricated performance indices, as Nigerians are already rallying with the repositioned and rebranded PDP in their collective quest to end the misrule of the APC and restore a sincere, purposeful and people-oriented government come 2019,â€ it said.