The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday described President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United Kingdom as dereliction of duty.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement also said Buhari’s action indicated that the All Progressives Congress and the Buhari presidency were not interested in governance but seeking to vacate the nation’s constitutional order.
Ologbondiyan said, “Such dereliction of office can only come from leaders, who do not have respect for the people they govern but always muscling their way to power through intimidation, harassment as well as official manipulations, as witnessed in the rigging of the February 23 presidential election by the APC.
“Moreover, Mr President’s abandoning of governance, particularly at this critical time when our nation is facing grave security and economic challenges, signposts the level of impunity and recklessness that will characterize our nation in the next four years, if the stolen presidential mandate is not retrieved from the APC.
“What else, besides authoritarian propensity, can explain why the Buhari Presidency relegated our constitutional order by declaring the application of Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which directs that the President transmits power whenever he is traveling out of the country on vacation, as a mere ‘convention.’
He said that authoritarian tendencies were usually characterized by absolute lack of trust on other government functionaries.
According to him, this could likely explain Buhari’s failure to transmit power to Osinbajo.
Ologbondiyan said, “The import of this relegation of Section 145 is also a clear absence of a constitutional command structure which leaves our nation at the mercy of the extremely corrupt, vicious and anti-people cabal.
“Such dereliction at the high levels emboldens bandits, bolsters insurgents and fuels cruel acts such as extra-judicial killing, illegal arrests, detention of innocent citizens, constitutional violations, attack on institutions of democracy as well as reckless looting of our national treasury by members of the cabal because they know that “nothing will happen.”
The PDP spokesman urged Nigerians to unite in the interest of Nigeria to condemn Buhari’s action, which he termed, an act of impunity.