By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday urged the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, to insist on visiting other parts of the country to enable her directly evaluate the level of performance of the federal government.
The party said this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The opposition PDP, while appealing to the Prime Minister not to allow herself to be hoodwinked for an endorsement stunt, urged the British leader not to allow the Buhari Presidency to confine her to the palours of the Presidential Villa.
The PDP equally urged Prime Minister Mayto engage President Buhari on the “violent rigging of elections under his watch, and extract commitment from him on his administration’s preparedness for a free, fair and credible general elections in 2019, especially as there are apprehensions across Nigeria, that his actions, utterances and body language suggest otherwise.
“The opposition party said they are aware of plans by the Federal Government to use the visit to dish out more lies to the international community in an effort to cover its failures in governance in the last three years.
The PDP further charged “the British Prime Minister, as a parliamentarian, to take the Buhari Presidency to task on its unabated interferences and violent attacks on the institution of the National Assembly, including threats to forcefully remove the elected presiding officers of the Senate, as well as the recent invasion and blockade of the National Assembly by Presidency-controlled security forces.
According to the statement, “The PDP also wants the British leader to task President Buhari on his widely condemned stand against the supremacy of the rule of law in addition to records of violation of human rights in Nigeria, including government’s disobedience to court orders, reported extra-judicial killings, torture, unlawful political arrests and detention, restriction of free speech and media freedom and lack of government’s accountability as detailed in report by various international bodies, including Transparency International (TI), Amnesty International (AI) and US Department of States.
“The British leader should also elicit discussions with the President on the recent report by Price Waterhouse Cooper showing humongous corruption in his administration, including the circumstances surrounding the N4 trillion unremitted oil money in agencies under his direct supervision as minister,” the party said”, the party said.