The Peoples Democratic Party caucus at the House of Representatives has expressed dismay over revelations by Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila that President Muhammadu Buhari insisted on his candidacy even when he had wanted to step down.
Speaking on Sunday, August 2, 2015, the House Monirity Whip, Yakubu Barde, who spoke on behalf of the PDP caucus said the revelation shows that President Buhari was not being sincere when he said he would remain neutral and not intervene in the House Leadership tussle.Barde said: “With the latest revelation by Gbajabiamila, we are not sure who is telling the truth between the two men.
“It is either one of them lied to Nigerians or both men jointly and separately lied.
“If as Gbajabiamila claimed, Buhari did influence his emergence as House leader, it will rather be unfortunate that the President is not a man of his words and Nigerians should now begin to scrutinise every word that emanates from him.
“We are alarmed by this development because it portends grave danger for our democracy and the independence of the legislature.
“The President must resist the temptation to use his power and influence to compromise the institution of the National Assembly by directly involving himself in the process of emergence of the principal officers of the House.”
Barde went on to suggest that President Buhari actually belongs to a few people as against his inaugural speech, where he was quoted as saiying: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”