PDM asks president to defend himself immediately.
The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has asked the National Assembly to compel President Goodluck Jonathan to offer an immediate response to allegations levelled against him in the letter written to him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“We call on the National Assembly to fully and painstakingly investigate these allegations, beginning by asking the President to fully explain himself and absolve himself of them; failing which, it should commence impeachment proceedings against him,” PDM said Monday in a statement by its spokesperson, Ahmadu Abubakar.
The party’s position came less than 24 hours after another opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, also asked the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against Mr. Jonathan over the contents of Mr. Obasanjo’s letter.
“We read with consternation and disbelief the open letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, which was released to the media last week. The allegations contained in the said letter are earth-shaking and troubling to say the least,” the PDM said.
Outlining some of the allegations – including the one that accused the President of reducing himself to an ethnic jingoist who condoned and encouraged the misuse and manipulation of ethnic sentiment to divide the country – the PDM deemed them grave and weighty and expressed its disappointment at the President’s poor response to them.
“The decision of the President to ignore these allegations – for now – is quite troubling and unfortunate. More than that, it is totally inexplicable and unacceptable that the leader of our nation can assume that the nation can wait until he feels the need to explain these grave allegations, some of which border on treason,” it said.
PDM said by his decision not to respond to the allegations immediately, the President was keeping Nigeria and Nigerians in unnecessary and dangerous suspense.
“Nigerians have a right to know the truth about these allegations – especially those impacting on his job as president – immediately (and) not when the President chooses to respond. It is not a matter of choice – it is a matter of duty for the President to respond immediately, failing which his government loses the legitimacy to continue to govern and he loses the moral right to continue to lead the country,” the PDM said.
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