Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the statement credited to the presidency that the Clark of the National Assembly ignored a presidential demand for shift of the inauguration it earlier issued a letter of proclamation as undue pressure on the civil service.
The party said it would resist attempt by the government to weaken the bureaucracy through any acts of intimidation and noted that the statements from the presidency when juxtapose with the presidents inaugural speech on May 29 that while he will not undermine the rights of Nigerians, he, President Muhammadu Buhari will not sit back and watch anyone under his government abused contravenes this position.
The PDP therefore cautioned the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against any attempt to intimidate or harass the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and the National Assembly Service Commission for performing their statutory functions during the inauguration of the National Assembly.
Chief Olisa Metuh and National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, made this call in a statement on stressing that said any attempt by the APC to transfer their frustration, which was a product of their ineptitude, would amount to witch-hunt and victimization.
The party said the undertone of the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu that the Clerk was adequately requested to shift the time for the inauguration to enable the President address the APC legislators but he ignored it “amounts to putting undue pressure on civil servants in the National Assembly for performing their legitimate duties and sends a serious signal which should not be ignored.”
It described as unfortunate the fact that the APC’s displayed its arrogance and disrespect for the dictates of the constitution by attempting to adjust the President’s promulgation order on the National Assembly and seeking to put their interest over and above the supreme law of the land.