OrderPaperToday – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the presiding officers of the National Assembly, Sen. Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara of “orchestrating” the interruption of the President Muhammdu Buhari’s speech during budget presentation.
The ruling party in a statement by Its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, described the action of the lawmakers as “irresponsible.”
The party in the statement alleged that the inaction and action of the two leaders prove that it was a premeditated plan to embarrass the president.
The statement said: “Nigerians are not oblivious of the actions and inactions of the National Assembly presiding officers, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara while the President was being heckled by the PDP legislative caucus. Their failure to rein in their unruly PDP colleagues, while their show of shame lasted clearly confirmed that the PDP members’ action was premeditated and orchestrated to embarrass the President.
“The PDP lawmakers and their conniving leaders have a lot of questions to answer. First, we wonder why they cannot stomach the evident and verifiable achievements of the APC-led Government in the areas of power, rail and road infrastructure, social intervention programmes as contained in the proposed budget.”
The party while commending the President his response to the situation, stated that the APC while in opposition never acted in such manner despite initial fear by the former administration.
“The APC commends President Muhammadu Buhari for remaining calm and focused during the budget presentation despite the provocation from PDP lawmakers, an act of statesmanship that has been acknowledged by Nigerians. We are equally proud of the APC lawmakers, who stood firm in defence of the President and our great party during the budget presentation,” the party stated, adding:
“When the APC was in opposition, Nigerians will recall statements by the PDP government that the immediate-past President Goodluck Jonathan did not personally present the national budget to the National Assembly based on fears that he will be heckled and embarrassed by the opposition federal lawmakers at the time. The fears turned out to be misplaced as that never happened when Jonathan eventually presented the national budget. Such shameful and undignified practice has no place in our progressive ideology.”
The party further called on “the National Assembly to rise above political and selfish interests by putting the country first in its consideration of the proposed N8.83 trillion 2019 national budget. The proposed budget provides a realistic and implementable framework that will spur the administration’s effort to achieve a a prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria.”