The governor of Kebbi State and the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, claims that President Muhammadu Buhari did not violate the provisions of the 1999 constitution, as amended, by participating in the recent National Executive Committee (NEC) , at the meeting of the All Progressive Congress (APC), virtually, in the Presidential Village.
Likewise, Bagudu maintained that, the president never disrespected the popular constitution of the ruling party, the APC, participating in the meeting.
In addition, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, SAN, did not violate the provisions of the country's constitution by participating in the meeting, as well as administering the oath of office to the President of the National Committee of Caretakers at the party.
Bagudu responded to criticism from some opposition members that the Presidency conducted the APC NEC meeting in the village and also the Minister of Justice and Attorney General administered an oath of office to the newly formed APC Guard Committee in the village, instead from the party office.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu clarified it at a Media Parley in Birnin Kebbi on Monday. The governor of Kebbi said: “According to the Constitution, enshrined in democracy, you can never become president unless you become a member of a political party that sponsors you.
“Therefore, this supposed false partisanship is imposed on us by the Nigerian constitution, as we can only be elected to elective positions by being sponsored by a political party.
"If the Constitution allows, President Muhammadu Buhari would have contested and won as an independent candidate in 2015".
The governor of Kebbi also said that the president has been virtually participating in other routine meetings, such as the meetings of the Federal Executive Council and the National Economic Council in the Villa, along with other Diginitarians such as the vice president and governors, among others.
"Globally, too, other meetings and meetings generally take place outside official offices, like party secretariats, and it is not unusual to do so," added Bagudu.
Bagudu also explained that, the president also has an obligation to the party and he must attend the meetings and "pay the debts".
The governor of Kebbi also said that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General did not violate the Constitution by swearing in the President of the APC National Caretakers Committee
He said that "the composition of the party by the president and the minister is dictated by constitutional requirements", adding that nothing prevents him from doing so.
Bagudu emphasized that the actions of the President and the Minister of Justice were in line with the constitutional requirement.
”He can do this even if it is a request from an opposition political party to recognize his position as Senior Lawyer in Nigeria (SAN).
Bagudu also said that the ruling party, the APC, will remain the party to win, even after 2023, in Sha Allahu.
The APC Governors Forum leader also said the party would uphold its philosophy of not considering elections as a "do or die" issue.
Reacting to some opposition protests that the APC will cease to exist after 2023, Bagudu extolled President Muhammadu Buhari's eternal commitment and diligence in the Nigerian Project.
He maintained that the president improved the economy, although he never allowed the 2016 recession to cause negative damage to states, supporting them strongly in paying salaries.
"Overall, President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to make Nigeria better than the one he found in 2015 and so far, so good," said the PGF.
He also dismissed rumors that six APC governors were planning to withdraw from the party, making it clear that all civil servants elected under the APC believed in his ideology.
He also described the allegations that APC governors were unapologetic to former President Adams Oshimole as false, and promised that the Progressive Governor's Forum (PGF) would work for the victory of candidates for governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming Edo and Ondo. elections for the state government.