– Act decisively against insurgency
– Don’t touch $1Bn from ECA
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be offering the ‘counsel of Ahitophel’ to President Muammadu Buhari, all in 48 hours. The party which vows to unseat the president in 2019 has told him to do two things that seem difficult. The party wants him to move decisively against herdsmen and other forces fighting Nigeria. The party also says he should not touch the Excess Crude Account (ECA). Failure to curb the spreading insurgency would definitely be used against him in the coming months toward elections.
The national leadership of the (PDP at the weekend opposed the withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government of Nigeria though it was approved by the governors.
The party made its position known in a six- points communique issued at the end of its National Working Committee (NWC) and Governors’ Forum meeting in Asaba, Delta State.
The communique signed by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, and Ayo Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, and the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum noted that the power of appropriation of Federation Accounts resides with the National and State Assemblies.
According to the communique, the PDP State and Local Governments are vehemently opposed the unilateral withdrawal of $1billion from the Excess Crude Accounts by the Federal Government under any guise. “We want to state equivocally that neither the Governor’s Forum nor the Federal Executive Council has the power of appropriation of Federation Accounts, as such powers reside with the National and State Assemblies.”
The nation’s opposition party, who condemned the unabated killings across the country, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come out clean on the herdsmen killings as well as address the nation on how to end the carnage.
“The President must take responsibility on the protection of lives and property of which is the most important of his responsibilities.
“We believe that the Federal Government’s decision to set up a committee to address the issues of herdsmen killings is a pretentious approach to a matter that requires firm action and leadership by the president in line with his oath of office to protect all Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe or political affiliation”, it said.