PDP Berates Buhari For Approving Private Jets for Daughter
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has straightened the Presidency over its defence on the use of the Presidential jet by the President’s family.
The social media has been buzzing after a photo showing one of President Buhari’s daughters, Hanan surfaced.
Hanan attended a private event in Bauchi using one of the Presidential fleets.
In her defence, the Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu immediately responded that the Private jets were available for the President, wife and children.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday said the Presidency directly abused his office and exhibited the worst form of corruption by detailing the officially restricted jet to chauffeur his daughter for a private photography event.
The party described the action as provocative, condemnable, completely improper and an unpardonable slap on the sensibility of millions of Nigerians, particularly, the youths, who look up to Mr President for integrity, uprightness and respect for rules.
It continued “The PDP holds that the development is a strong pointer to the recklessness that pervades the Buhari Presidency and the indefensible annexation of our national assets and resources for illegal private use.
“It is even most appalling that instead of apologizing to Nigerians, the Buhari Presidency, in its arrogance, is resorting to falsehood and trying to justify the inexcusable.”
The opposition advised the President to apologise to Nigerians for approving the jet for her daughter for the purpose of taking a photograph in Daurbar.
“Perhaps, the Buhari Presidency forgot that it is public knowledge that the Presidential fleet can only be authorized for use by the President, the First Lady, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, former Presidents, Presidential delegation and no one else.” It stated.
Moreover, the rules do not grant the President any powers to transfer any paraphernalia of office or privileges of his position to any of his children.
Garba Shehu had said that allowing the President’s family to use the Presidential jet has been in practice for a long time.
His argument was that the jet is available to the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as the wife and children of the President.
“The normal practice in existence for a long time is that the Presidential Air fleet is available to the President and the first family and four others.
“These four are the Vice President, the Senate President the Speaker and any other person(s) authorised by the President.”
In its statement, the PDP described Garba’s statement as a direct spat on Nigerians who cannot freely ply the highways because the President and the APC, have failed to fix and rid the roads of kidnappers and bandits, who have practically taken over major routes under the watch of the current administration.
“The PDP notes that never in the history of our nation has a Presidency exhibited such arrogance, impunity and corruption, adding that the action has further shown that the Buhari Presidency had only been parading and getting away with false integrity.
“Nigerians could recall how President Buhari heavily accused and criticized previous administrations of voting and wasting huge resources to maintain the Presidential fleet and promised to sell off most of the planes to save cost.
Since President Buhari assumed office, none of the planes had been sold. Instead, the Buhari Presidency had continued to budget more funds for the fleet with N8.5 bn budgeted for 2020 alone, only to approve that his “daughter uses a Presidential jet for her private photography event.
“The PDP urges the Buhari Presidency to respect the sensibilities of Nigerians by immediately withdrawing his provocative justification and show leadership by apologizing to the nation for this abuse of office.”