The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the claim by President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, that former President Goodluck Jonathan delayed this administration from forming its cabinet early.
According to Shehu, "It took him (Buhari) time to form a cabinet because the outgoing administration in 2015 did not cooperate with the transition committee.
"The president was given handover notes 48 hours to the handover of power and for whatever reason, the president at that time (Jonathan) determined that the questions that President Buhari was asking amounted to running a second government in office and he came out to all his ministers and permanent secretaries not to cooperate with President Buhari that this country would not have two governments running at the same time."
In its reaction, the PDP through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan called on the presidency to stop blaming the previous administration for its failures, adding that it will not work in 2019.
According to Vanguard, Ologbondiyan said “It is a settled matter that President Buhari could not form a cabinet for over five months after his inauguration, primarily due to sheer incompetence, lack of preparedness and the fact that he was overwhelmed by the complexity of the office of the President of Nigeria.
“In accusing the Jonathan administration of frustrating early formation of President Buhari’s cabinet, by allegedly delaying the submission of his handover notes to the Transition Committee, the Buhari Presidency forgot that the head of the Transition Committee, Ahmed Joda, had since May, 2015 publicly dispelled such as false and diversionary, noting that the committee got all the cooperation it needed from the Jonathan’s administration.
“Nigerians can also recall how President Buhari refused to hasten the formation of his cabinet following his widely condemned view, in September 2015, that ministers were mere 'noise makers'.
"It is therefore ludicrous and the height of hypocrisy for the Buhari Presidency to now turn around after three years to blame President Jonathan for President Buhari’s confessed failure.
"The PDP counsels the Buhari Presidency to note that peddling falsehood and blaming the previous administration for its failures will not help it in 2019.
"President Buhari has not only shown, but also personally confessed that he lacks capacity to handle an economy as complex as Nigeria’s. The only thing left for President Buhari to do is to start preparing to accept defeat in 2019, as Nigerians are now rallying behind our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has the solutions and blueprint that guarantee a better future for our nation."
President Buhari, after he was sworn-in on May 29, 2015, did not put together his cabinet until November of that same year.