PDP has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s action of consenting to the use of the presidential jet by his daughter Hanan for a personal and private occasion in Bauchi State, Thursday.
That follows a reaction by the presidency which says in a statement that members of Buhari’s family have the rights to use the presidential jets. PDP, however, demand that the president apologises to Nigerians.
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PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement on Saturday that the action proved that Buhari has been parading and getting away with false integrity.
The opposition party, therefore, described the action as provocative, condemnable and unpardonable that the president, whose administration has failed ‘to fix and rid our roads of kidnappers and bandits’ would resort to falsehood to justify his action’.
Part of the statement reads… “Our party holds that Mr. President should apologise for approving that his daughter uses the Presidential jet just for the purpose of allegedly taking photographs in a Durbar event in Bauchi State.
“Perhaps, the Buhari Presidency forgot that it is public knowledge that the Presidential fleet can only be authorized for use by the President, the First Lady, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, former Presidents, Presidential delegation and no one else.
“Moreover, the rules do not grant the President any powers to transfer any paraphernalia of office or privileges of his position to any of his children.
“The Presidency’s defence is, therefore, a direct spat on millions of Nigerians who cannot freely ply our highways because Mr President and his party the APC, have failed to fix and rid our roads of kidnappers and bandits, who have practically taken over major routes under their despicable watch.”
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PDP also recalled how badly Buhari and APC’s slammed and accused the former president Jonathan’s administration of wasting money on maintaining the Presidential Jet and thereafter, promised to save money by selling off most of the jets.
“Since President Buhari assumed office, none of the planes had been sold. Instead, the Buhari Presidency had continued to budget more funds for the fleet with N8.5 bn budgeted for 2020 alone, only to approve that his daughter uses a Presidential jet for her private photography event,” PDP said.