President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 2, attended the campaign rally for Bauchi south senatorial district bye-election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, alongside Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, Senator Ali Ndume and other dignitaries attended the rally. The APC candidate for the bye-election is Lawal Yahaya.
Meanwhile, the presidency on Thursday, August 2, dismissed the claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Buhari was embarking on a 10-day leave in order to open the stage for the impeachment of Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity described the claims as both ridiculous and a hollow narrative to garner cheap sympathy, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“That the president, himself a sworn democrat, had handed power to his deputy without compulsion is itself exemplary and innovative, something that the PDP failed to produce in their sixteen years of monumental mismanagement and sadistic plunder,” Shehu said.
The presidential aide added: “For the benefit of the doubters, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, the vice president who acts in the absence of the president is a lawyer of the highest rank and a social rights crusader who had received local and international acclaim before he took the president office.
“It is inconceivable that this is the team to copy the bad manners cast in stone in the PDP.
“We welcome objective criticism and take them seriously and humbly, but Nigerians must by now be tired of a party, the stock in trade of which is to cry wolf where there is none, ostensibly to spread negativity and distract the President’s attention from the cleansing operations he has been mandated carry out.’’
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Shehu said the president is carrying out difficult reforms for the future growth of the country, such as the implementation of the ease of doing business, the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the whistleblower policy.
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