The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly 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).
The party in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary said : “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.
He added that “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.
The Buhari Media Organization is however full of commendation for the president on the steps taking by him to restore order in the party, saying “The leadership acumen he showed in resolving the issues in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and giving it a reasonable direction at a time of uncertainty, is quite commendable.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) in a statement welcoming the President’s recommendation to dissolve the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), said that the President stepped in at the right and the perfect time to deliver a well-thought-out direction and strategy to give the party a much-needed reboot.
In the statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said the President took a firm and intellectually proper decision to participate in the NEC. “It was a decision backed by legality and sound-judgment which ultimately sought to set the party in the right direction.
“We urge all members of the party to harken to the advise and solemn recommendations of the President. Assuredly, if all can sheathe their swords as President Buhari has asked, and follow religiously the path set for the hosting of the Extra-ordinary Convention of the party, a renaissance of the party is at hand.”
The group noted that Mai Mala Buni, the Governor of Yobe State is a dedicated and versatile party man, who would handle the job of the caretaker committee with the seriousness required of the office.
“The choice of Malam Buni is commendable. He has time after time shown himself to be a loyal party man, and fit to serve in this role.
“He was the party’s National Secretary, just before he was elected Governor of Yobe State: a role he handled with a strong sense of duty and dedication.
“We ask that party members give support to the newly constituted Caretaker Committee to ensure the legacy of the party and the President is sustained, and in fact improved upon.”
The group stated that the APC had won two consecutive Presidential elections that were given to them based on the delivery of their campaign promises and the track record of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The party has done well. It has a record that it can boast of. It has delivered to Nigerians and these successes are there for everyone to see. Party members must not fritter these cherished and remarkable landmarks due to conflicts and clash of interests”, the statement added.