Resign now, PDP tells Buhari

Chidi Samuel

Nigeria’s major opposition party,The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office immediately but with a caveat that the president will return the country to the exact shpe he met the country when he assumed office in may 2015.

The call for President Buhari’s resignation was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a member of the party’s National Caretaker Committee.The former Minister is particularly irked by the statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, that, “recession is a word.”

“Is this statement as a result of ignorance, lack of patriotism or in-line with President Buhari’s comment that his ministers are noise makers? Adeyeye asked.

“For the record, recession is characterised as a period of negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters, given rise to high rate of  unemployment, fall in output, increase in government borrowing, etc.

“Following this understanding, Nigeria’s economy is already near depression.  The crass ineptitude and lukewarm-attitude of this All Progressives Congress government is no longer tolerable, and therefore, we are calling on President Buhari and his team to return Nigeria to its state of booming economy before they assumed office in May, 2015, and then quit immediately to allow other capable leaders revive our ailing economy.”

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He continued, “What Nigerians want from this administration are positive results and not resorting to throwing tantrums on the PDP at every given opportunity.

“Our call for the President to return the country to how he met it in 2015 is justified on the following grounds.

“In 2015 when the President came to power, a bag of rice was selling at N7,000, but now, it is above N20,000; a ‘mudu’ of beans was N150 then and now, it is N500; one US dollar was then trading for N197 but now it is over N400.

“Also, a litre of fuel was N87 but now is N145; cost of transportation and other services had skyrocketed. Given our observations since the inception of this government, they have nothing to offer and as such, quitting will be a solution because nobody can give what he/she does not have. The APC has failed.”

The former minister asked Nigerians to recall President Buhari’s purported “body language” at the beginning of his administration and reiterated that  governance “is a serious business and not about someone’s body language’ and de-marketing strategies of Mr. President while ‘globetrotting’.

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“When this government came to power in May 2015 riding on the achievements of the previous PDP administration, President Buhari’s handlers and his party, the APC, claimed it was his ‘body language’ that brought some positive changes the country was witnessing at that time.

“So, we want to know what are the results of the so-called ‘body language’?”

He concluded that the earlier the President and his team quit, the better for the country, saying “there is no better time than now to make this call for the President to return the country to how he met it and quit.

“He can even quit right away for a more experienced team to take over.