The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the National Assembly to address the power vacuum created by the failure of the president to transmit power to his deputy, Osinbajo, before he left for London.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed shock that President Muhammadu Buhari did not transmit a letter to the National Assembly, indicating that he would be away on a week vacation in London, ahead of the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government, CHOGM.
The opposition party stated that Buhari’s action is a violation of Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
According to the party, Mr. Buhari, who arrived London on Monday, did not conduct any government business in 72 hours.
The PDP said, “Nigeria is at the moment, bereft of statutory leadership, including the apparatus of security command, particularly as president Buhari had not indicated a date of return to the country. The PDP, and, of course, Nigerians at large, are particularly worried that, in the event of any national emergency, there is no sitting commander-in-chief to take charge.
“It is incontrovertible that president Buhari is on a private trip to the UK, as he was not received on arrival by the government of that country; has not had any contact with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, or any high officials of the UK government and has not conducted any official business since his arrival to that country, on Monday.
“Nigerians will recall that the PDP had earlier demanded the Presidency issue a full disclosure on the nature, scope and duration of the private aspect of Buhari’s trip, a request, they blatantly ignored, in total disdain to the sensibilities of Nigerians.”
Recall that presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had in a statement while announcing his boss trip, said that the president will in the course of the visit hold discussions with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May. The statement added that Buhari will also meet Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, disclosing that these will happen before the President proceeds to Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings that will start on April 18, 2018.