NASS invitation: PDP upbraids Buhari for shunning House summon

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday, reprimanded President Muhammadu Buhari for shunning the invite extended to him by the leadership of the House of Representatives.

Recall that the House informed Nigerians that the president had agreed to appear before the House to explain to the Nigerians efforts by his administration to rein in the activities of terrorists and bandits ravaging the country.

However, Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami came out to publicly challenge the constitutionality of such summon, by arguing the House lacks the power to question the president on operational activities of the military.

The major opposition party, the PDP however, said it was not surprised that the president did not show at the House.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbindiyan said: “Mr President is afraid of the obvious, he knows he has nothing to tell Nigerians on the security situation in the country. That is why he is running from the National Assembly,” Ologbondiyan stated on Thursday.

Ologbondiyan said Nigerians should dismiss the insinuation that the PDP caucus in the House was planning to embarrass the president during the sitting. He said there was no such plan.

The House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last week invited Buhari over the rising insecurity and the killing of over 43 farmers in Borno State.

An aide to the President, Lauretta Onochie, had also revealed that Buhari would appear before a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday. However, reports began to filter in on Tuesday that the President had decided not to attend the meeting any longer.

But the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the National Assembly lacked the power to invite the President to speak on security matters.

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