THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing his aide to haul insults “on respected leaders and elder statesmen, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for cautioning against his desperation for self-succession.”
The party said in approving his media aide, Mallam Shehu Garba, to cast aspersions and insult on a former President, President Buhari is setting a very bad example to younger Nigerians by fouling our national values and heritage of esteeming our elders and leaders; a seed, which may also haunt him in the future.
According to a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Kola Ologbondiyan Director, Media & Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Nigerians were appalled that President Buhari, “whose state of health has been accommodated by the nation, would turn around to make baseless and unsubstantiated negative assertions on the health of another leader.”
The statement added: “President Buhari may have seen how Nigerians have been registering their disappointment on his resort to personal attacks on former President Obasanjo, instead of responding to the germane issues raised by the former President.
“Nigerians have weighed all the concerns by former President Obasanjo, particularly the manifest desperation by the Buhari Presidency to undermine our democratic institutions, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the judiciary and the legislature as well as plots to use security forces to subvert the will of the people at the polls.
“Instead of attacking former President Obasanjo, President Buhari should have been sobered and retrace his steps in the interest of the corporate existence of our country which he is pushing to the precipice.”
The PDP, therefore, urged President Buhari to note that his resort to personal attacks on the critics of his administration cannot distract Nigerians from their resolve to rescue the nation from the stranglehold of his administration by voting him out of office, come February 16, 2019.