The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has frowned bitterly over the rendition of the campaign tune of President Bola Tinubu in the hallowed chamber of the National Assembly during the presentation of the 2024 budget estimate to the Legislature.

According to the PDP, such act is an extremely sacrilegious and unpardonable assault by President Tinubu and his handlers on the sensibility and Constitutional sovereignty of the Nigerian people as represented by the National Assembly.

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2024 Budget: PDP Condemns Rendition of Tinubu’s ‘On Your Mandate’ Tune in National Assembly Chamber

It was the national publicity secretary of PDP, Hon Debo Ologunagba who spoke on behalf of the party.

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To him, the brazen rendition of Tinubu’s campaign tune amidst proceedings in the chambers of the National Assembly further confirmed “the apprehensions by Nigerians of creeping totalitarianism and fiefdom where an individual is being elevated as a Sovereign in clear undermining of the Legislature and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”.

Dangerous Slide

Ologunagba said the incident validates the concerns of the PDP.

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These concerns have been expressed on several occasions with the latest being on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

The party raised alarm and cautioned that the nation was dangerously sliding into cronyism and totalitarianism under the Tinubu-led APC administration.

“The National Assembly is the symbol of the collective sovereignty of the Nigerian people.

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It cannot be appropriated by or surrendered to any individual or cabal under any guise or circumstance whatsoever.

“Moreover, the PDP is appalled by President Tinubu’s description of Nigerians as the “ordinary people out there”.

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“This statement further exposes the disdain and utter disregard to the sensitivity of Nigerians.

“These are also reflected in the formulation of polices, programmes and implementation by the APC administration.

The 2024 Budget

“This apparently explains why the 2024 budget, as presented by President Tinubu, heavily provided for luxury appetite.

“This luxury is for the privileged few in the Presidency and the APC leaders.

“There is no corresponding positive plan for the wellbeing of other Nigerians.

“Our Party calls on Nigerians to be at alert and defend the nation’s democracy.

“This must be done by resisting the totalitarian tendencies of the APC administration.

“Nigeria is a democratic nation governed by the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

“We must not allow any act that is capable of drifting our nation to unconstitutional tendencies as being exhibited by the APC,” Ologunagba said in a statement.

 

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