The Presidency has reacted to calls by the People’s Democratic Party PDP for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as laughable and a whirlwind campaign promoting undemocratic values.
It would be recalled that last week, the party had asked the president to step down, going by the numerous revelations of corruption in some of the government agencies, the latest being the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC as well as the North East Development Commission NEDC.
But in a quick reaction to the calls for resignation, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in a statement from the Aso Rock villa yesterday 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.
“The PDP government which exited the stage five years ago through a democratic election by voters dissatisfied with corruption on an industrial scale, policy paralysis, obsolete and decaying essential infrastructure appears to have forgotten the reason for their stunning defeat and seem hell-bent on the fooling the nation, yet again for another ride to power.
“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 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,” he said.
The presidency said 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.