Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP,) Prince Uche Secondus, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to quit the stage now that itâ€™s evident that he cannot hold the government and the country together.
Against the background of the Tuesdayâ€™s resolutions of the National Assembly threatening to invoke their constitutional powers on the president if a number of constitutional infringements are not quickly addressed and stemmed, Secondus said there is no further confirmation to the fact that the president is presiding over a collapsed administration.
In a statement from his media office signed by Media Adviser, ÃŽke Abonyi, the PDP national leader said the position of the parliament reflects clearly that of a cross section of Nigerians and should be respected.
Secondus contended that even though the position of the legislators is delayed in coming given the damage already done to democracy and the country by the purposeless administration, the lawmakers still deserve some commendations for standing up for democracy and rule of law.
â€œEvidence are abound globally that by parliamentary powers the resolution of the National Assembly means that the people have lost confidence in the President and he should quit.
â€œWe in the opposition have been saying it interminably that this government has no direction and does not mean well for the country.â€
According to Secondus, all lovers of democracy should queue behind the National Assembly at this critical time in our political challenge and put pressure on the President to leave the stage now and save our democracy and the country.
He said the current government has exhibited all traits of a failed administration and did not need to wait for the parliament to give it a quit notice.
â€œHistory is a witness that when a government is bereft of ideas and still wants to cling on to power, it resorts to use of brute force, intimidation and harassment of opponents, a quality we have seen very blatantly in this regime.
The PDP National Chairman asserted that a supposed civilian government that does not want institutions of democracy to strive should be called its exact name dictatorship.
â€œThe legislature and the Judiciary are the two main arms of any democratic government all over the world, but this administration has deliberately made the operations of the two very tasking in the last three years.
â€œHow do you explain the assault on the nationâ€™s Senate by an ostensibly executive backed hoodlums who not only disrupted proceedings but abducted the mace the symbol of parliamentary authority, the framing up of the Senate President and some of his vocal colleagues in an armed robbery and other related criminal cases or the forceful infiltration of homes of Justices and Judges at the wee hours of the night with arms by operatives of a supposedly democratic administration.
Finally, the PDP boss urged the National Assembly to quickly invoke their powers on the President and avert further bruises to the nationâ€™s democratic advancement.