The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, to resign after Thailand ambassador to Nigeria, Wattana Kuwongse Kuwongse denied statement credited to him by the minister.
Ogbeh had claimed Kuwongse told him that major rice mills were shutting down in Thailand as a result of drop in importation of rice by Nigeria, a claim the ambassador subsequently denied.
Following the denial, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Friday, called for Ogbeh’s resignation saying the minister’s statement was made in bad faith.
According to Ologbondiyan, “It is clear that the intention of the APC-led federal government was to use the Minister of Agriculture to mislead Nigerians into believing that the Buhari-led administration has achieved national self-sufficiency in food production; a stunt which fell flat on its face and brought the nation into international ridicule.
“We charge the Minister of Agriculture to toe the path of honour and immediately resign and tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians.
“Nigerians will recall that the same minister, last year, programmed the exporting of rotten yams and brought the country into international disrepute, all in the desperate bid of APC interests to score cheap political points and push their ill-lucked 2019 re-election bid.
“Earlier this week, President Buhari’s handlers made the nation a laughing stock in the international arena when they railroaded the President into offering to help Ghana in the fight against corruption, when back at (sic) home, the APC controlled federal government is an ocean of corruption and false claims.”