The Coalition of United Political Parties and the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the leadership and members of the National Assembly to boycott Wednesday’s presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.
CUPP, in a statement on Sunday by its national spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the lawmakers should boycott the exercise as a show of resentment and condemnation of Buhari’s alleged three years’ reign of impunity, non-implementation of past budgets and abuse of state institutions.
Other reasons cited by the group included the President’s alleged incompetence, abuse of appropriation laws and refusal to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill.
It stated, “The opposition coalition holds the view that sitting down and listening to a man who has led several assaults on the institutions of our nation’s constitutional governance is tacit support for his many sins against our nation.”
CUPP alleged that Buhari refused to implement previous budgets passed since 2015 till date and committed gross misconduct and obstruction of justice by refusing to obey judgments of courts including the ECOWAS court.
The group added that the President promised to fix the economy, but only succeeded in turning Nigeria into the poverty capital of the world.
It also described Buhari as “a man who has lost control of his government as alleged by his wife with two unidentified and unelected men using presidential powers under him; a man who has divided our nation along ethnic and religious lines.”
The group said the President deserved impeachment for allegedly committing many acts of alleged gross misconduct, incompetence and obstruction of justice.
On its part, the PDP threw its weight behind the call on lawmakers to boycott the 2019 budget presentation by the President.
The party said it remained part of the CUPP and would therefore not oppose whatever decision taken by the body of opposition parties.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that the President had disappointed Nigerians.