The governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed calls by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari following the controversy surrounding the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
The PDP acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, in a statement yesterday, called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against the president for submitting two different versions of the 2016 budget proposal, which it said was a clear constitutional breach.
The opposition party also called for the resignations of the Minister of Finance and her Budget and National Planning counterpart as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor over their seeming failure to halt the free-fall of the naira.
The APC in a statement late Thursday night by its national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, reminded the PDP that Nigeria was a country governed by a set of laws, not a banana republic.
The statement fully reads: “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to Thursday’s comical statement credited to the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus calling for the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari, resignation of two ministers and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by the National Assembly.
“The APC wishes to remind the PDP that Nigeria is not a banana republic, but a country governed by laws.
“It is confusing and worrisome that the PDP calls for an investigation into the budget issue and at the same time calls for the removal and resignation of the aforementioned.
“In both content and context, PDP’s statement constitutes a distraction to the National Assembly.
“The APC is confident that the 8th National Assembly will not be distracted by the PDP in its new desperate plot to divert attention from the ongoing investigation into mind-boggling cases of corruption perpetuated under its defunct 16-year rule.
“Nigerians are still shocked and recovering from the wanton looting perpetuated in the last 16 years under the PDP. We invite the PDP to supports current efforts aimed at social, economic and institutional reforms”.