APC NEC: PDP Berates Buhari For Violating Oath of Office

June 26, 2020
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Press Statement

…Mocks APC for Holding Illegal NEC Meeting…Demands Buni, Malami’s Resignation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) berates President Muhammadu Buhari

for violating his oath of office by using the Federal Executive Council

(FEC) Chambers and government resources to conduct the affairs of his

party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Our party describes this action of Mr. President, in using public

facilities and resources for APC’s National Executive Committee (NEC)

meeting, as the height of corruption as well as a desecration of the

sanctity of the seat of power and our national values.

The PDP says never in the history of our nation has governance been so

devalued to the extent of using the hallowed chamber of the highest

executive body in the country, where high-level executive decisions are

taken, for an illegal, wrongly constituted and Nicodemus meeting of a

political party.

This shameful development is a further manifestation of the level of

impunity, recklessness, disrespect for rules and disdain for our laws by

the APC administration, whose latest action exposes a move towards

instituting the art of running processes and programmes through

illegality, illicitness, illegitimate and unlawful means driven by crude

force and naked power.

Furthermore, it is an indefensible double standard for President Buhari,

whose administration has been hounding and prosecuting innocent

Nigerians for allegedly using public resources for activities of their

political parties, to use the resources and facilities of the FEC

chamber for his party’s NEC meeting.

It is even more distressing that the Attorney General of the Federation

(AGF), Abubakar Malami, is part of this desecration of the 1999

Constitution (as amended) by functioning as a notary public to a

political party and using official facilities of FEC chamber to

administer oath of office to a functionary of a political party, in

total disregard to his oath of office, the code of conduct prohibitions

under the 5th Schedule and extant public service rules.

This is the same Attorney General, who has been prosecuting others for

alleged but unsubstantiated use of public resources for  activities of

their political parties.

The PDP holds that by using government facilities and resources to

promote the activities of his party, the Attorney General has become

culpable of the same offence for which he has been prosecuting innocent

Nigerians.

Malami has therefore become ethically challenged to continue in office

as the Chief Law Officer of our nation.

Our party therefore demands that the Attorney General should immediately

resign from office and surrender himself for prosecution

It is even more disgraceful that the furtive APC NEC meeting at the FEC

Chamber was convened in total violation of the APC Constitution, which

prescribes 14 days notice for regular NEC meeting and 7 days notice in

the case of an emergency meeting under Article 25 (b) (i) and (ii)

respectively.

Such a coup against their own party’s constitution renders the purported

APC NEC meeting illegal and decisions taken therein, a complete nullity.

Significantly, the kind of marshal orders and threats which President

Buhari was issuing out at the so called NEC meeting without allowing for

a debate was a sad reminder of his days at the Supreme Military Council

in 1984.

This raised questions on  the democratic content of the charade called a

NEC meeting by the APC.

Moreover, now that the Governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, has been

sworn in as the Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee, he has made himself

a full administrative officer of the APC and as such, should immediately

resign as the Governor of Yobe state, in keeping with Article 17 (iv) of

the APC Constitution which prohibits such dual mandate.

The PDP counsels APC leaders to note that Nigeria is a nation governed

by law and as such their party will not be allowed to use their  crisis

to destroy our democratic order.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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