By Kayode Adeoti
Former media aide to the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed in its role as an opposition party in Nigeria.
Speaking on a Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored in Ilorin, he noted that the lingering crisis rocking the PDP has weakened the party, thus unable to provide strong opposition to ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, Nigeria will continue to wear toga of one party system in the country till PDP is able to resolve its lingering internal crisis.
“There is the need to ensure that the crisis in the party is resolved, so that we can perform oppositional role just as the APC did when they were in opposition. I only believe this will be achieved before the 2019 election,” he added.
On the anti-corruption crusade of the President Muhammad Buhari, Abati said the anti-graft fight of the present administration is selective, adding that it is aimed at humiliating and witch-hunting those considered as threat to the Federal Government.
In his reaction to the president’s vacation for medical treatment, he said the Buhari has done the needful.
“President Buhari has done what is required of him has contained in section 145 of the constitution, by handling over the presidency to his deputy to run in the acting capacity.
“If the President will go on vacation, the constitution says he should hand over to the deputy, who will be acting President till he comes, I don’t know what more the people want,” he stressed.
He also condemned call for the president to disclose the nature of his sickness, saying that he is not under obligation to reveal such.
According to him, former presidents of America and South Africa for instance concealed nature of their illnesses till they were healed.
He, however, urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of the President.