PDP Calls on the Federal Government to Clear the Air on Purported Public Holiday
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to clarify reports that it plans to declare Friday as a public holiday. The call comes ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on the case filed by the PDP calling for the disqualification of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima. The opposition party had filed a suit in July of 2022, claiming that Shettima’s nomination violated the provisions of the Electoral Act.
There have been rumours on social media that President Muhammadu Buhari plans to declare Friday as a public holiday to prevent the verdict. In response, the PDP released a statement asking the government to speak on the matter and address allegations that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is pressuring the Department of State Services (DSS) to advise the President on the issue.
The opposition party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, expressed concern about the government’s quietness on such a significant matter. The PDP noted that the silence of the government adds to the growing tension and could trigger a widespread crisis if left unaddressed.