The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the visiting British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to use her visit to Nigeria to uncover the “dismal state” of the Nigerian nation by resisting a “choreographed” plan by the Buhari presidency to hoodwink her for an endorsement stunt.
The party called on the British leader not to allow the Buhari presidency to confine her to the parlours of the Presidential Villa, but to insist on visiting other parts of the nation to enable her appreciate the “level of lies and false performance indices” the Federal Government has been dishing out to the world.
A statement yesterday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the opposition party had been made aware of plans by the Federal Government to use the visit to “dish out more lies” to the international community in an effort to cover “its failures” in governance in the last three years, for which Nigerians are clamouring for a new president under the PDP.
The party charged the British Prime Minister, as a parliamentarian, to take the Buhari presidency to task on its unabated interferences and violent attacks on the institution of the National Assembly, including threats to forcefully remove the elected presiding officers of the Senate, as well as the recent invasion and blockade of the National Assembly by security forces.
It called on the British leader to task President Buhari on his disposition to the supremacy of the rule of law, including alleged violation of human rights.
“This includes government’s disobedience to court orders, reported extra-judicial killings, torture, unlawful political arrests and detention, restriction of free speech and media freedom and lack of government’s accountability, as detailed in report by international bodies, including Transparency International (TI), Amnesty International (AI) and US Department of States.
“The British leader should also elicit discussions with the President on the recent report by Price Waterhouse Cooper showing humongous corruption in his administration, including the circumstances surrounding the N4 trillion unremitted oil money in agencies under his direct supervision as minister.
“Finally, the PDP urges Prime Minister May to engage President Buhari on the violent rigging of elections under his watch, and extract commitment from him on his administration’s preparedness for a free, fair and credible general election in 2019, especially as there are apprehensions across Nigeria, that his actions, utterances and body language suggest otherwise”, the statement added.