The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has strongly criticised Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, over his statement that the party had no moral right to criticize the Buhari administration’s handling of the Abdulrasheed Maina scandal, claiming that some officials of government loyal to former president Goodluck Jonathan were actually behind the reinstatement of the former pension reform committee boss.
Shehu had denied claims by Maina’s family that the ex-pension boss was invited back to the country by the current administration, before going ahead to claim that Maina was part of the “mess” left behind by the PDP-led Jonathan administration.
The PDP in its reaction stated that the presidential spokesman had lost the “capacity for rational thinking”.
Dayo Adeyeye, the opposition party’s spokesman, in a statement issued Thursday, dismissed Shehu’s comments.
“We are not surprised on the postulation by Alhaji Garba Shehu in which he blamed the former administration of Goodluck Jonathan as being responsible for the return of fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina. This is to say the least the height of absurdity”, the party said.
“The shenanigans surrounding the return of Maina who was under investigation and sacked by the previous administration of PDP is an issue Nigerians are privy to and even Maina’s immediate family have come out openly with their position that President Buhari was responsible for his return.
“May we, therefore, remind Garba Shehu in case he has forgotten, that the current administration is that of the APC and not PDP, so we wonder how PDP will be responsible for the mess created by President Buhari and his cabal”.
The PDP restated its call for a thorough investigation of those behind Maina’s reinstatement “because Nigerians are tired of excuses and blame game”.
It said the habit of blaming “every misdemeanour” on the previous administration betrayed a failure to deliver on promises, adding that, “It’s time Garba Shehu and his likes resigned if they have nothing more to contribute in government.
“Finally, we urge the APC led government to re-evaluate the inclusion of the likes of Garba Shehu in the administration.
“A man who is fixated on blaming each and every mistake of this government on the PDP has certainly run out of ideas, and must even have lost the capacity for rational thinking. We wonder the damage he may be causing to this country with his continuous stay as an assistant to the president”.
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