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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday, dismissed the outcome of the All Progressives Congress National Executive Council meeting which dissolved the Adams Oshiomole-led National Working Committee saying that it is a “coup” and “complete nullity”.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this assertion in a statement released in reaction to the use the hallowed chamber of the Presidential Villa for the meeting.
The main opposition party said that the process which brought up the APC Caretaker Committee was illegal and against the party’s constitution.
The party also called for the resignation and prosecution of the Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami for using the government facility for the oath taking of the ruling party’s newly constituted caretaker committee.
The statement reads:
“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.
“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.
“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.”