…Demands resignation of Buni, Malami
By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
As the ripples raised by the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to settle, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating his oath of office.
According to the main opposition part, President Buhari “by using the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Chambers and government resources to fund his party’s ‘illegal’ meeting that sacked its legitimately constituted executives” shows that he lacks the basic teneths of leadership.
PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, described the action as the height of corruption as well as a desecration of the sanctity of the seat of power and national values.
The PDP recalled that never in the history of the 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 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.
“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” the PDP stated.
The party went further to describe as shameful, the lowering of the office of the Attorney General of the Federation that was coopted to legalise illegality
The PDP said, “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 and cannot continue to function in office as the Chief Law Officer of the nation.
The party demanded 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” PDP pointed out.
The PDP further counseled 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 the nation’s democratic order.