THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP says it is a “national disgrace” for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare that he had all the while believed he was 74 this year until told his age is actually 75, stressing that many Nigerians and even the global community must have been taken aback that a 21st century leader of a country like Nigeria does not know his real age.
The party, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Prince Diran Odeyemi in Osogbo, charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to revisit the forms filled by Buhari in all elections he had participated in particularly those he filled before the 2015 election, to unearth other inconsistencies contained therein.
According to the PDP, “How many other inconsistencies are in Mr. President’s biodata submitted to INEC? We are sure there are more. And the world is waiting on the body to give details about our President.
“We advise INEC to revisit those forms President Buhari filled in all elections he had participated in, especially those he filled before 2015 elections to unearth other inconsistencies therein. In a normal clime, the electoral umpire would have set in motion verification modalities to avoid further national embarrassment and expose Mr President.
“Come to think of it, a leader that does not know his real age, could not be said, to have sound knowledge of the people and country he governs, let alone knowing the peculiarities of the governed. This is simply not the kind of president Nigeria needs at the moment.
“Not too long ago, Nigeria became laughing stock with the inappropriate designation of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel as President of West Germany by President Buhari.
“We recall President Buhari once admitted that his age would slow down his performance in office. For a country that could fall into an emergency situation anytime, like the present government-failing induced fuel scarcity, we don’t need a president that forgets things easily.”
The statement advised the President to consider handing in his resignation letter in order not to further slow down the country on account of old age, and to also save Nigeria from being a nation with a President that has “occasional memory failure”.