Why we suspended our planned protest against Buhari – PDP Reps

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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the House of Representatives say they suspended their planned protest against President Muhammadu Buhari because of the respect they have for the office of the president.

The lawmakers had earlier boasted their plan to protest as the president presented the 2018 to a joint session of the National Assembly.

But the members, who separately spoke to PREMIUM TIMES shortly after the president laid the 2018 budget, said they also shelved the protest due to the respect they had for the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who they said appealed to members.

In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Toby Okechukwu, from Imo state, said the lawmakers were not happy with the pace of implementation of the 2017 budget.

He added that it was not just the PDP lawmakers who planned the protest, but also members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“It’s not a PDP thing per say,” he said. “In 2016 he brought N6 trillion, N7 trillion in 2017 and now he is bringing N8 trillion, we are not interested in the trillion, we are not interested in the trillions but rather what you can implement,” he said.

“If you don’t have N8trn, why don’t you budget for what you have? It is just mere deception”

A lawmaker from Lagos State, Oghene Egoh, also said the lawmakers were aggrieved because of the slow pace of implementation of the 2017 budget.

“2017 was not well implemented, now you bring 2018. We thought about protesting against the president but the speaker appealed to us that in the interest of the country,” he said.

He said the opposition party had the people of Nigeria at heart.

“That shows you PDP, we are people who are willing to work for the betterment of the country,” he said.

“It was purely on principle that we fight for implementation. The generality of the people suffer it, that was the reason. But we thank God we dropped the idea and today the budget has been laid.”

He added that most of the PDP lawmakers have no confidence in the 2018 budget proposal.


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  • Subzero

    2017 budget was presented by the President in December 2016. This NASS managed to pass it in May 2017 after much dilly dallying. 5 months later, they are grandstanding and calling the President out for slow budget implementation. Now the 2018 budget has been presented in November. Let’s hope NASS will do everything to ensure early passage so that implementation can start early enough. They also need to keep a closer eye on it’s implementation rather than wait until the end of the calendar year when plans are already being drawn up for the new year, to accuse the Presidency.

    • Jumpingbrook

      Don’t worry we will pass that budget by December 7, 2017

  • Ade Omowest

    Bunch of economic illiterates in the HOR/Senate. They should go and research and know the difference between a budget (estimate of expected revenue and proposed expenditure) and the actual amount realized for the year under consideration. These mostly rogues and fraudsters are only interested in their unfulfilled/blocked constituency projects “Alawi” that was refused by the Presidency. One of the Senators (from Cross River, I believe) was even seen moving a motion to scrap the Excess Crude Account so that they can now share the money as usual.

  • Powerlessconscious

    Bunch of illiterates. Who cares for you pdpigs?

  • Tunsj

    Watching PDP slide to oblivion is the most fun I’ve had all year.

  • Shahokaya

    We all know the real reasons for the conspiracy protest. None of the law makers has complained before for the none implementation but unlike in the PDP era when the presentation by mr Dumbo was always preceded with Ghana must go bribes, yet again Buhari has refused to water the ground before coming to the National Assembly. To make matters worse he has refused to release constituency project free money to the lawmakers. They can plan for another protest next year and since the PMB we all know will not blink, perhaps those of them that took bank loans to win, rig, snatch or buy their seats should start counting their losses.