APC NEC virtual meeting: Buhari violates no constitution – Bagudu

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Atiku Bagudu


Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum has absolved President Muhammadu Buhari of wrong-doing in the All Progressive Congress virtual NEC meeting held on Thursday in Abuja

Bagudu gave the clarification while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday in Birnin Kebbi.

He said that the president did not violate any constitutional provision at the meeting, contrary to the opinions of some public commentators.

He said that the country’s Constitution provided that the president must be a member of a political party before becoming the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is that party that sponsors people and has obligation for anybody, who is a president, who contested on its platform.

“Hence belonging to a political party is not partisanship.

“This is created by the qualifying section of the constitution, without which he/she cannot even contest the presidency or any political position.

“So, this partisanship, if belonging to a political party can be described as such, is constitutional as it is imposed upon us by the constitution,’’ he said.

The governor said President Buhari would have possibly won if the law had allowed him to contest as an independent candidate because of his popularity.

“But unfortunately, the Nigerian Constitution necessitates that aspirants can only contest on a party’s platform and Buhari contested on such platform, won and took oath of office.

“I don’t know of any sentence in that oath of office that could have been violated by the president, attending a political party meeting in a virtual manner.

“The COVID-19 pandemic made the president to adjust his itineraries and activities so that he can participate in meetings across the country, as part of his official duties and obligation to a political party in a virtual manner.

“We should all remember that were the meeting to have held at APC headquarters, the president would have attended and that is not partisanship.

“The president has to attend the activities of his political party and he has to pay his dues for being a member of the political party.

“So, when circumstances had dictated that he participated in the virtual meeting and in a place set for him to participate, as he had been participating in many virtual events, it is unfair to call it a violation of the constitution.’’

On the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami’ s role in the APC swearing-in the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Gov. Mai Buni of Yobe, Bagudu said that Malami’s action had also not violated any law.

He (Malami) fully complied with Nigeria’s Constitution.

“Nothing stops him as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to administer oath of office.

“As a law officer in the country, he stood to administer the oath to the chairman and if the opposition party invites him for such action, he will definitely discharge his duty as a SAN.

“Also, he fully complied with the constitution of Nigeria because he belonged to a political party before becoming a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ Bagudu said.

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  • Sani Sadiq June 30, 2020 10:16:54 AM
    The president has the ryt to attend de meeting regardless of his position
  • Amuzat Saheed June 30, 2020 12:04:08 AM
    No body above mistake, and anybody that did mistake is not bad to tell him or are
  • Ezeh Patrick June 30, 2020 12:00:44 AM
    Buhari and his apc gang members have no respect for our constitution
  • Okpanachi Emmanuel June 30, 2020 12:00:28 AM
    I don't see any problem with having a meeting
  • Kolawole Fajobi June 30, 2020 12:00:21 AM
    Good one thanks for the update candy news
  • Chinemerem Lilian June 30, 2020 12:00:21 AM
    He's probably one of those people Buhari appointed to work with him
  • Uloma Chijioke June 29, 2020 11:59:57 PM
    Thanks for the latest information. That's encouraging
  • Samuel Dasabah June 29, 2020 11:59:13 PM
    thanks for the information candy news
  • Obioma Maureen Kalu June 29, 2020 11:59:01 PM
    APC APC everywhere their matters is becoming too much
  • Bassey Okon June 29, 2020 11:58:54 PM
    The president is fully a member of APC and has the right to attend NEC meeting.
  • MONDAY ULEH June 29, 2020 11:58:53 PM
    The governor of Kebbi has said the PMB violated no rule
  • Wisdom Jumbo June 29, 2020 11:58:51 PM
    They cannot be sure that the president did not violate the Constitution.
  • Moses Opeyemi June 29, 2020 11:58:47 PM
    Hmmmnm, Thanks for the update and information about this news.
  • Busayo Oyede June 29, 2020 11:58:19 PM
    NO BODY ABOVE THE LAW.........
  • Cynthia Nkem June 29, 2020 11:57:43 PM
    He is probably one of the people Bihari appointed to work with him so e can't expect him to say otherwise
  • Ogba Ebenezer June 29, 2020 11:57:31 PM
    Bagudu has to be on the side of his party , it's normal politics
  • Olayode Oluwafemi June 29, 2020 11:56:07 PM
    Bagudyu as stated that Mr. President did not violate any law to just NEC meeting
  • ThankGod Wosu June 29, 2020 11:55:56 PM
    This partisanship, if belonging to a political party can be described as such, is constitutional as it is impose upon us
  • Sunday Blessing June 29, 2020 11:55:47 PM
    the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami’ s role in the APC swearing-in the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Gov. Mai Buni of Yobe, Bagudu said that Malami’s action had also not violated any law. He (Malami) fully complied with Nigeria’s Constitution. “Nothing stops him as a Senior
  • Bobola Ajimuda June 29, 2020 11:55:43 PM
    Even if he does violate nobody will hold him accountable
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