The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari following the 2016 budget disappearing saga.
The PDP attacked the president on Thursday, January 14, after the senate accused the presidency of altering the 2016 budget.
It would be recalled, Senate president, Bukola Saraki had disclosed that the copy of the budget received from the president was different from what his aide, Ita Enang, distributed to its members.
In a statement signed by its acting national chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP said that its National Working Committee “rose from a meeting Thursday charging the National Assembly to commence impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari for the various constitutional breaches especially the submission of two version of the 2006 budget”.
The party also asked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, to resign “having failed to provide the much needed capacity in the management of the nation’s economy resulting in the embarrassing crashing of the nation’s currency to as low as N305 to a dollar”.
Central Bank of Nigeria, Governor Godwin Emefiele was also called on to resign “for plunging the country’s currency policy into chaos an action that thrown investors into total confusion”.
“We sympathizes with Nigerians who are seriously undergoing terrible hardship because of the now obvious inept leadership of APC despite the promise of one Naira to a dollar.
“What hope can a government that allows its currency to break a 43 year old record crashing to over N300 to one dollar offer and yet does not show it has clear focus of what to do.”
“APC government rather than address very grievous national issues created by its lack of capacity to govern has instead resorted to violation of peoples rights in the name of fighting corruption” it said.
In a swift reply, the All Progressives Congress (APC) dismissed the call for the impeachment of President Buhari as “comical”, Premium Times reports.
“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,” the party said in a statement by its national secretary, Mala Buni.
“In both content and context, PDP’s statement constitute a distraction to the National Assembly.”
The party said it was confident that the 8th National Assembly would 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”.