The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has described the laying of the N8.83 trillion 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari as “yet another hollow ritual”.
Backstory: The Caucus briefed reporters after the presentation of the budget, saying nothing good could come out of it.
The Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has consistently failed to fully implement the annual national budget.
“The usual disagreement between the National Assembly and the executive has always tended to be more about insisting that they should get things right with the implementation of the budget in the interest of our democracy, our economy and most importantly, our citizens,” he said. “The APC government has come with another one of its annual disappearing acts, following up on its hollow ritual that has consistently failed to achieve far less than fifty percent of expectations.”
APC reaction: The APC has described as disgraceful, the conduct of lawmakers of the opposition during yesterday’s budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, read: “We condemn in strong terms the action by lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Mohammadu Buhari on Wednesday.”
The statement added that “The PDP has further confirmed its unsavory image in the eyes of well-meaning Nigerians, that the party is largely populated by self-serving and unpatriotic members, whose sole aim in politics is to promote their self-interests at the expense of the country’s interests.
“By law, respect for the office of the President or head of government in any clime is not a matter of choice, but a civic obligation sanctioned by laws. Being an opposition party or critic is no license for such wayward conduct by the PDP legislative caucus; most especially against the President of the country. 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.”