The Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM) has added its voice to the debate which greeted the leakage of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, saying the National Assembly should rise to the occasion by investigating the contents the letter.
In the 18-page letter, Mr. Obasanjo had accused Mr. Jonathan of condoning corruption, reducing the presidency to a clannish affair, promoting religious segregation, deliberately creating crisis in the ruling party among others.
But President Jonathan has yet to personally respond to the issues raised in the letter.
An initial response by his media aide, Reuben Abati, accused the former president of being selfish, hypocritical, malicious, indecent, and very disrespectful of the highest office in the land just as he said that the allegations leveled against the Jonathan administration in the letter are “reckless, baseless, unjustifiable and indecorous.
However, PDM in a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Ahmadu Rufai Abubakar, said the matters raised in the letter were troubling and unfortunate.
The statement reads, “These are grave and weighty allegations indeed. We read, with deep disappointment, the President’s response or, better still, his non-response to these allegations, through his media aide.
“The decision of the President to ignore these allegations, for now, is quite troubling and unfortunate.
“It is totally inexplicable and unacceptable that the leader of our nation can assume that the nation can wait until such a time he feels the need to explain these grave allegations, some of which border on treason.
“By his decision not to respond to these allegations immediately, the President is keeping Nigeria and Nigerians in unnecessary and dangerous suspense”, the statement added.
The party stressed that Nigerians have a right to know the truth about the allegations raised in the letter, adding that the President owed the Nigerian people an explanation.
“It is not a matter of choice, it is a matter of duty for the President to respond immediately, failing which his government loses the legitimacy to continue to govern and he loses the moral right to continue to lead the country.
“We view this decision by the President to defer a timely response seriously. We feel it is an abdication of duty and responsibility and it undermines the integrity of the office he occupies. It threatens the unity, peace and political stability of the nation.
“In view of the above, the PDM calls on the National Assembly to discharge its duty and responsibility to the nation by compelling the President to offer an immediate response to the allegations levelled against him in the letter”, Abubakar said.