APC NEC Meeting: Buhari, Malami Actions Constitutional, Says Gov Bagudu
Kebbi State Governor and Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum ( PGF), Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not violated the 1999 constitution neither has he flouted the constitution of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), by attending the National Executive Committee (NEC) virtual meeting at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.
Bagudu while speaking on Monday at a Media Parley in Birnin Kebbi, also said the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, SAN, has not breached 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 .
He said: “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.
“So, this alleged partisanship which is untrue, is imposed on us by the Nigerian constitution as one can only become elected into the elective positions by being sponsored by a political party.
“If the Constitution has allowed it, President Muhammadu Buhari would have contested and won as an Independent Candidate in 2015.”
Governor Bagudu also said that the President has been virtually attending other routine meetings like the FEC and NEC meetings at the Villa, along with the other diginitaries like the Vice President and Governors, among others .
“Globally also, other party caucuses and other meetings usually hold outside official offices like party Secretariats, and it is not abnormal to do so,” Bagudu, added.
Bagudu also explained that,the President also has an obligation to the party and he has to attend it’s meetings and “pay it’s dues.”
Bagudu further stated that the APC will remain the party to beat, even beyond 2023.
The leader of APC Governor’s Forum further said that the party would uphold its philosophy of not regarding elections as a do-or-die affair.
Reacting to some rantings by the opposition that APC will cease to exist beyond 2023, Bagudu extolled the undying commitment and diligence of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian Project.
He maintained that, the President has improved the economy, while never allowed the 2016 recession to take it’s negative toll on the states by heavily supporting them, to pay salaries .
“On the whole, President Buhari is trying his possible best, to make Nigeria better than he met it in 2015 and so far, so good,” he said.
He also debunked rumours that six APC governors were planning to decamp from the party, making it clear that all elected public Officers under the APC believed in its ideology.
He also described allegations that the APC governors were indisposed to former Chairman, Adams Oshimole as untrue while also promising that the Progressives Governor’s Forum (PGF) would work for the victory of the APC gubernatorial candidates in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo states governorship elections.