The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has
criticised President Muhammadu Buhari, for sacking the suspended
Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and the
Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayodele Oke.
In a statement issued on Monday by the
party’s National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP described
the development as unacceptable.
“The statement on the sack of Babachir
Lawal, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Ayo
Oke, the former Director-General of National Intelligent Agency (NIA),
is a slap in the face of Nigerians”, the party said.
“It is an insult to
the collective intelligence of our people who have waited patiently for
the President’s reaction to the humongous act of corruption by two of
his principal Aides, and this is totally unacceptable.”
The PDP’s reaction comes hours after the
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina,
said in a statement that President Buhari has appointed Mr. Boss
Mustapha as the new SGF.
Mr. Lawal and Mr. Oke had been suspended
over corruption allegations, while President Buhari had set up a
three-man Panel headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to investigate
Adesina said the President sacked both
men after studying the report of the Panel, which had the
Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Security Adviser as
The PDP however, condemned the process
which led to the President’s decision, saying they had disagreed with
him when he decided to set up the Osinbajo-led Panel.
The party argued that
cases of corruption were meant to be referred to institutions that are
saddled with such responsibilities – the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission,
They further accused the President of being biased with his anti-corruption campaign, and called for his impeachment.
“These actions of Mr. President are
therefore, a breach of his oath of office, which he swore to defend the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and to be fair and just
to all Nigerians without any discrimination whatsoever.
“The action of the President is a gross
violation of his constitutional oath, and therefore, constitutes a
veritable ground for impeachment. Consequently, we call on the National
Assembly to begin processes to impeach the President for breach of the
Constitution, and disobedience to the laws of Nigeria”, the statement