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PDP criticises Buhari’s UK trip without informing NASS, handing over to VP

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on a trip to the United Kingdom without adequately informing the National Assembly or handing over to his vice to act in his absence.

National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, gave the criticism on Friday while addressing journalists at the party’s Wadata House Headquarters in Abuja.

Secondus also criticised Buhari’s travel at a time when the country is facing serious security challenges.

“Nigerian leaders should speak up for the country before Nigeria slides into something else,” Secondus said.

“People are being murdered every day and Buhari is going on private visit. Nigeria is in crisis.

“The President has embarked on a private trip to the UK to spend 11 days without writing the National Assembly. He has not asked the Vice President to act. We condemn it.”

Secondus also alleged that the Buhari administration was frustrating the ongoing challenge to its 2019 presidential election victory by directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prevent access to some vital documents.

“The presidency is arm-twisting INEC. INEC has no reason to stop our legal team from inspecting the election materials. Our politics and governance here is sentimental,” he said.

President Buhari, on Thursday, embarked on a trip to the United Kingdom, on what his media aide, Femi Adesina, said was a “private visit”.

Unlike Buhari’s previous leisure or medical trips, it is not clear whether the President informed the National Assembly about his current trip and whether Vice President Osinbajo would be the Acting President while he is away.

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