The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that president Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to respond to a question thrown at him at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was a indication of his poor academic qualifications.
The party in a statement issued on Thursday by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondinyan called on the president to apologise to Nigerians for the constant embarrassments he has brought on Nigerians.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that President Muhammadu Buhari’s off-the-point answer to questions at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) interactive session is a further confirmation that he lacks the prerequisite education to hold office as President.
“The party holds that President Buhari’s off-the-point speech on climate change, as response to direct and simple question on his plan for the youth, confirms Mr. President’s personal inability to understand and effectively communicate in English language as required by Section 318 (iii) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“The PDP notes that President Buhari’s failure to comprehend the question put to him and respond accordingly trashes his claims of attending education to school certificate level and possessing a WAEC certificate, and further brings to light the reasons for his inability to attach any educational certificate as required in INEC form CF001.
“The party states that it was obvious to all that because of President Buhari’s inability to understand and communicate in English language (as required by the constitution), he failed to distinguish the fact that the text already prepared for him by his handlers had no correlation with question put to him at the UN.
“Nigerians can now see why the Buhari administration has remained miserably incompetent, lacking in tact and desired capacity to manage the affairs of a nation as complex, demanding and multifarious like Nigeria.
“Moreover, it has also exposed why the Buhari Presidency overtly lacks the intellect and confidence to engage other world leaders, a situation that has led to the diminishing of the integrity of our nation in the international arena, in addition to the dearth in foreign direct investment under his watch.
“The PDP therefore cautions the Presidency over its press statement in which it poured insults on Nigerians for commenting on President Buhari’s embarrassing outing at the UN.
“Instead of insulting Nigerians, the Presidency should apologize to our citizens over the embarrassments constantly brought to our nation by President Buhari.”
In an another development, the PDP dared the Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo to make good of his threats to waive his immunity by resigning his position to answer to allegations of corruption levelled against him by a former Deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank.
The party in a statement on Thursday said it is only through resignation that Osinbajo can waive his immunity.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dares Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to make good his threats to set aside his constitutional immunity by immediately resigning his office to face the corruption allegations, in which he was named, in court.
“The party says since Vice President Osinbajo has announced his readiness to renounce his constitutional immunity in the face of corruption allegations, he should do the needful by resigning and vacating the office as there is no provision for waiver of immunity in our constitution.
“The PDP holds that immunity under section 308 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) is conferred on an official by virtue of his/her election into an office within a duration and cannot be waived by any means other than resignation.
“It is instructive to state that Section 308 confers immunity to the holder of the office “during his period in office”. There is no provision for waiver while the holder is still in office.
“Vice President Osinbajo should know that it is settled that section 308 can only be set aside by vacating the office. It is not a jacket to be put on or dropped at will.
“Significantly, our party invites the Vice President to note that his pronouncement has set off a process, which is expected to terminate in his resignation.
“The PDP therefore puts the National Assembly on notice to consider the pronouncement by the Vice President as an official communication to the legislature indicating his intention to vacate office.”