Kebbi State Governor and Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum ( PGF), Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, says President Muhammadu Buhari, did not violat the provisions of the 1999 constitution, as amended, by attending the recent National Executive Committee (NEC), meeting the virtual meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also said that the President never flouted the constitution of the ruling party by attending the meeting.
The governor said that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, did not breach the provisions of the country’s constitution by attending the meeting, as well as administering the oath of office on the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party .
Bagudu responded to criticisms by some members of the opposition that Presidency has conducted APC NEC meeting in the villa and that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, administered oath of office to the newly constituted APC caretaker Committee in the Villa, instead of the party office.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made the clarification at a Media Parley in Birnin Kebbi, on Monday.
“Under the Constitution as enshrined in democracy, one can never become a President unless you become a member of a political party that sponsors him or her.
“If the Constitution has allowed it, President Muhammadu Buhari would have contested and won as an Independent Candidate in 2015.”
The Kebbi Governor also said that the President has been virtually attending other routine meetings like the Federal Executive Council and National Economic Council meetings at the Villa, along with other dignitaries like the Vice President and Governors.
The Kebbi Governor also said that, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General has not violated the Constitution by swearing in the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the APC
Bagudu emphasized that the action of both Mr. President and the Minister of Justice was in line with the constitutional requirement.
“He can do so even if it is a request from an opposition political party that recognizes his position as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria( SAN).
Bagudu further stated that, the ruling party, the APC, will remain the party to beat, even beyond 2023, lnSha Allahu.
Reacting to some rantings by the opoositon that,APC will cease to exist beyond 2023,Bagudu extolled the undying commitment and diligence of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian Project.
He also described allegations that the APC governors were indisposed to former Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole as untrue while also promising that the Progressives Governor’s Forum (PGF) would work for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidates in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo states governorship elections.