The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the “failure” of Senate
President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, to rein in on “unruly” Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers is an indication that they planned to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the cable, Buhari was booed by some lawmakers when he presented the 2019 budget to a joint session of the national assembly on Wednesday.
The lawmakers, comprising of house of representatives members and senators, interrupted the president’s speech.
In a statement, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC spokesman, said the act was “shameful.” .
“By law, respect for the office of the president or head of government in any clime is not a matter of choice but a civic obligation sanctioned by laws. Being an opposition party or critic is no licence for such wayward conduct by the PDP legislative caucus; most especially against the president of the country,” Issa-Onilu said.
“The fears turned out to be misplaced as that never happened when Jonathan eventually presented the national budget. Such shameful and undignified practice has no place in our progressive ideology.
We call on the National Assembly to rise above political and selfish interests by putting the country first in its consideration of the proposed N8.83 trillion 2019 national budget.” he said .