By Iyobosa Uwugiaren and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has made fun of the Presiden Muhammodu Buhari-led presidency for appropriating the achievements of the National Assembly and listing them as its achievements.
The party saidÂ the recent attempt by Buhari to ascribe credit to himself for the recent amendments to the constitution, particularly the granting of financial autonomy to state assemblies and judiciaries, was despicable.
PDP noted that neither the presidency nor the president himself made any input in support of these amendments.
â€˜â€™Equally appalling is that the presidency is still listing the passage of the Not-Too-Young to Run law as an achievement of the president even when he had no input whatsoever in the initiative.â€
â€˜â€™It is instructive to note that none of the amendments stem from any executive bill and that the Buhari presidency has never initiated any programme to enhance the course of governance in our country in the last three years.
Furthermore, Nigerians already know that the Buhari-led administration has not implemented a single project or programme in any part of the country in the last three years of governance, but always resorting to lies, blame passing, beguilement, deception and contrivance,â€™â€™ the party said.
The opposition party added that instead of seeking ways to mitigate the situation, the presidentâ€™s handlers were subjecting him to more public ridicule of inaugurating projects executed by other leaders, such as his â€˜â€™embarrassing inauguration,â€™â€™ of a regular bus stop constructed by Lagos State and a water borehole in Jigawa, while posturing for photo-ops to hoodwink Nigerians.
The PDP added: â€˜â€™In fact, this clear attempt by the presidency to claim credit for the achievement of the National Assembly has further confirms PDPâ€™s earlier alert to Nigerians of plans by the presidency to dish out fictitious achievements and false performance indices to deceive Nigerians ahead of 2019 general election.â€™â€™
The PDP, however, commended the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly for their resilience in enhancing the countryâ€™s democratic practice as consolidated by successive PDP administrations, despite the unrelenting assault on the institution of the legislature by the Buhari-led administration.
The party charged the Buhari-led presidency and what it described as â€˜â€™dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC)â€™â€™ to end their â€˜â€™proclivity for deception as such gimmicksâ€™â€™ cannot save them in 2019.