The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, December 17, fired back at the presidency for claiming that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to form his cabinet early in his government can be blamed on Goodluck Jonathan, his predecessor.
Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, had claimed on a television programme that the Jonathan did not handover notes early enough and this affected the formation of the cabinet.
The PDP, in its reply, said resorting to blaming Jonathan is part of the current administration’s strategies to cover up its alleged failures.
“It is a settled matter that President Buhari could not form a cabinet for over five months after his inauguration, primarily due to sheer incompetence, lack of preparedness and the fact that he was overwhelmed by the complexity of the office of the president of Nigeria.
“In accusing the Jonathan administration of frustrating early formation of President Buhari’s cabinet, by allegedly delaying the submission of his handover notes to the transition committee, the Buhari presidency forgot that the head of the transition committee, Ahmed Joda, had since May, 2015 publicly dispelled such as false and diversionary, noting that the committee got all the cooperation it needed from the Jonathan’s administration.
“Nigerians can also recall how President Buhari refused to hasten the formation of his cabinet following his widely condemned view, in September 2015, that ministesr were mere “noise makers.
“President Buhari had expressed his personal unwillingness to appoint ministers when, in an interview with France 24 TV, in France, he said that the absence of ministers was not affecting governance in Nigeria,” the PDP recalled in a statement released by Kola Ologbondiyan, its national spokesperson.
The party also reminded Nigerians that President Buhari was quoted as saying: “The ministers are there, I think, to make a lot of noise…As for the cabinet, I said we will have one by the end of the month, and time flies. The end of the month is coming too quickly for my liking.”
The PDP said it was, therefore, “ludicrous and the height of hypocrisy for the Buhari presidency to now turn around after three years to blame President Jonathan for President Buhari’s confessed failure.
“The PDP counsels the Buhari Presidency to note that peddling falsehood and blaming the previous administration for its failures will not help it in 2019.
“President Buhari has not only shown, but also personally confessed, that he lacks capacity to handle an economy as complex as Nigeria’s.
“The only thing left for President Buhari to do is to start preparing to accept defeat in 2019, as Nigerians are now rallying behind our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has the solutions and blueprint that guarantee a better future for our nation.”