The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari of claiming the achievements of the National Assembly.
The PDP said the recent attempt by the Buhari Presidency to ascribe credit to Mr. President for the recent amendments to the constitution, particularly the granting of financial autonomy to state assemblies and judiciaries, was despicable.
The party noted that neither the Presidency nor the President himself, made any input in support of these amendments.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, on Friday announced that President Buhari had signed a bill into law which allows the independence of the state judiciary in several ways.
Mr Enang said the bill grants full autonomy to the judiciary and the Houses of Assembly at the state level.
But the PDP, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, said the latest development confirms its earlier claim that the presidency is used to dishing out fictitious achievements and false performance indices to deceive Nigerians ahead of 2019 general election.
“Equally appalling is that the Presidency is still listing the passage of the “Not Too Young to Run” law as an achievement of the President even when he had no input whatsoever in the initiative.
“It is instructive to note that none of the amendments stem from any executive bill and that the Buhari Presidency has never initiated any programme to enhance the course of governance in our country in the last three years.
“Furthermore, Nigerians already know that the Buhari administration has not implemented a single project or programme in any part of the country in the last three years of governance, but always resorting to lies, blame passing, beguilments, deception and contrivance.
“Instead of seeking ways to mitigate the situation, Mr. President’s handlers are subjecting him to more public ridicule of commissioning projects executed by other leaders such as his embarrassing commissioning of a regular bus stop constructed by Lagos state and a water borehole in Jigawa while posturing for photo-ops to hoodwink Nigerians.
“In fact, this clear attempt by the Presidency to claim credit for the achievement of the National Assembly has further confirms PDP’s earlier alert to Nigerians of plans by the Presidency to dish out fictitious achievements and false performance indices to deceive Nigerians ahead of 2019 general election.
“The PDP however, commends the National Assembly and state houses of assembly for their resilience in enhancing our democratic practice as consolidated by successive PDP administrations, despite the unrelenting assault on the institution of the legislature by the Buhari administration,” the statement partly read.